I've Bought All This Bullion: Now What?
We are thrilled you have started on the path to financial security by investing in physical Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals. Our investment-grade bullion products are an excellent way to diversify your investment portfolio and hedge against inflation. The difficulty is, once you buy physical Gold, physical Silver or other Precious Metal bullion, what do you do with it? It seems like a bad idea to just stick it in your sock drawer. APMEX is here to guide you through your investment in Precious Metals, from selecting the right pieces to liquidating items should you need to and everything in between, including the care and storage of your Precious Metal bullion.
Care of Your Bullion
Most of your Precious Metal bullion will come to you in protective packaging. Clear capsules, plastic flips and assay cards all do an excellent job of protecting the finish of your bullion coins and small bars. If you have a favorite coin, say the Gold American Buffalo, you might consider investing in a supply of Air-Tite Holder w/Black Gaskets so you can package your coins uniformly. 2 X 2 Soft Flips (#28) With Inserts are another great storage item to keep on hand. You will also want to have some cotton gloves, a loupe and drawstring money bags on hand, too.
Storage of Your Gold and Silver Bullion
There are four main ways to store your bullion, and yes, the most common and popular method is “secretive storage.” It’s simple, inexpensive and keeps a small collection of investment bullion close at hand. Simply select a secure “hidey-hole” in your home and stash your bullion there. This is the easiest method, but it is definitely the least secure. Hiding your Gold or Silver might conceal it in the event your home is burglarized, but it doesn’t offer any security at all from damage or loss in the event of a disaster such as a house fire. If you do want to keep a small stash of bullion close at hand, be sure to think of an unlikely place to hide it.
The second and third ways to store your bullion are in a home safe and in a bank. Both methods offer greater security for Gold storage and Silver storage than just hiding it, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. With a safe, you can keep your Precious Metals at home and have personal access to them at all times, but some people fear that owning a safe may make them targets for thieves. Bank storage offers superior security and even insurance against loss or damage, but you can only access your holdings during bankers’ hours.
The fourth method of bullion storage is in a Precious Metal depository. These vault storage facilities offer several advantages in terms of storing and securing your Precious Metal assets. Not only do they provide plenty of space if you have larger collection, but their climate- and moisture-controlled facilities safeguard your items against accidental environmental damage. The most appealing feature of depository storage is the truly breathtaking level of security. Precious Metals depositories are highly guarded sites operating under constant surveillance. Entrance into these facilities is rigorously restricted and all activities within the depository are closely monitored and recorded. This type of security was created specifically to meet the needs of the Precious Metals investor and you can rest assured as to the protection of your Gold and Silver assets.
Given all the benefits Precious Metal depositories have to offer, we encourage our clients to consider this method of storing and protecting their Precious Metal assets. We are proud to offer secure Precious Metals storage with Citadel Global Depository Services. Citadel is a wholly-owned subsidiary of APMEX with security provided by the worldwide leader in security, Brink’s. Citadel offers an excellent storage option to clients who desire security, transparency, accessibility and insurance for their investments. You can visit APMEX’s storage page to learn more or phone us at (800) 375-9006 to speak with one of our skilled customer service representatives regarding Precious Metals storage with Citadel.
Buying and Selling Precious Metals
Now that you are confident you understand the best method of Gold storage or Silver storage that will work for you personally, we should examine an eventuality you may face. A lot of people keep bullion on hand specifically as security should they face an unexpected financial emergency. In a perfect world, you hold on to your bullion until you sell high at a ripe old age and sail around the world on the proceeds. But, if you need to liquidate a bullion item, it is best to watch spot prices and sell at a moment timed for you to make the greatest profit. However, to liquidate anything over $1,000 in value quickly, you can always call us at (800) 375-9006. When you have the means and inclination to replace the Gold or Silver you liquidated, watch the market for an opportune time and buy. Shop easily on the APMEX website or one of our knowledgeable customer service representatives can assist you.