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Precious Metals

An Equity Trust account can invest in gold and silver American Eagle coins and other types of gold, silver, and platinum coins and bullion, subject to applicable IRS rules and regulations. An IRA can hold gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion which meet certain minimum fineness requirements. When investing in precious metals using your self-directed account, you will work with a dealer or platform to select retirement account eligible metals. After the purchase, your metals will be held in an approved depository.

Self-Directed IRA Investing Overview Guide


Important rules to remember about investing in metals within an IRA include:

  • Metals must be produced by manufacturers accredited by NYMEX/COMEX, LME, BMA, NYSE/LIFFE/CBOT, and ISO-9000, or a national mint to be held in a retirement account.
  • The minimum fineness requirement for bullion is:
    • Gold .995+
    • Silver .999+
    • Platinum .9995+
    • Palladium .9995+

15-minute guide to building your wealth with self-directed investing

Self-Directed IRA Investing 101 Kit

Self-Directed Investing Overview Guide

Self-Directed IRA Rules Report

Guide to Current IRA Contribution Limits