The vast majority of people in the gold and precious metals world are honest and ethical. But there are crooks in every conceivable human endeavor. Unfortunately, the precious metals market is mostly unregulated, so it’s a good idea to become familiar with the industry and recognize possible gold IRA scams.

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When most people think of gold investing, they think of the actual physical possession of gold bars, coins, jewelry and the like. But there are many other ways you can hedge your portfolio with exposure to gold and precious metals. You can hold ‘paper gold,’ as well. Three of the most common vehicles for investing include…

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Occasionally, we come across television, radio, and other assets promoting the sale of gold, silver and other precious metals for IRAs and other retirement accounts​. These ads suggest that you can store these IRA-owned metals at your home.

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Silver, gold, and other precious metal investments are worth protecting. Precious metal investors must be on guard against a variety of risks besides the market. These risks include:LossTheft – either from outsiders or from people well known to youFireFloodCivil unrest or disorderGovernment confiscationStoring silver and other precious metals yourself elevates your risk due to theft,

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Adding silver to a self-directed IRA can help add diversification to your overall retirement portfolio. This potentially reduces overall volatility and increases your retirement portfolio’s ability to hold up during bear markets and other periods of uncertainty.

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While silver is less valuable by the ounce than gold, silver prices are also historically more volatile. Which means bigger price swings, and for investors who can take the risk when silver prices are relatively low, even greater potential gains.

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