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As a bullion investor, the best way to store your bullion is to diversify your storage locations.

To protect your wealth with maximum security, storing your bullion should have both domestic and offshore components.

Holding physical bullion outside your home country helps in the protection of your savings from any government entity that may choose to look into your finances.

Furthermore, trust and confidence in the banking system where most people once had secured their bullion in a safe deposit box have been greatly eroded.

Considering that all banks are plugged into the global financial system, means banks are subject to arbitrary government controls and regulations.

The safety you get from precious metals bullion comes from its total independence from the financial system and using a bank's safe deposit box compromises that safety.

In addition, home Storage involves owning a safe, hiding it safely from prying eyes and having it secured to the floor. Not to mention many other safety precautions one should take when holding bullion in one's home.

Unfortunately, as mentioned on the Home Safes page, no safe is impenetrable, and neither are most homes, there's always the risk of being robbed.

This is why privately held, Vault Storage of Bullion make so much sense and why it should not be over-looked as a viable option for Diversifying your storage options with your precious metal physical bullion investments.








The Vault Storage companies this guide affiliated with:

  1. Bullion Vault
  2. Sprott Money
  3. Hard Assets Alliance

This guide chose to be affiliated with these services because they are some of the best services in their industry.

In addition, as an affiliate, any new customer that we refer them, that uses one or more of their services, will help us to support Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research

Below, you will find out why you may want to consider using one of these services and answers to many of the questions that arise before an individual opens an account.








Reasons to Consider 
Vault Storage for You


There are many reasons why an individual may want to choose this form of bullion storage that include:

You can scroll down or simply click each of the topics above for more of an explanation of subject.

Furthermore, below the 'Reasons to Consider Vault Storage' section, you'll find a 'Common Questions & Answers' section for more insight about these services.

Click this link to go directly to the Questions & Answers section of this page.




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Hesitant towards
Storing Bullion at Home


Anyone who has lived through a flood, fire, tornado, or an earthquake would undoubtedly be hesitant to store a large amount of bullion at home.

Several forms of natural disasters happen with little to no notice, and they can change in severity without any warning.

For those living in an area that has a history of one or more of these disasters, storing a small amount of bullion on your premises is their choice and would not be out of the ordinary.

But, it would be ill-advised to store a large quantity of bullion in a place that could not be moved out of quickly.

So, for those who live in an area that is prone to natural disasters, and are interested in owning bullion, perhaps vault storage may be for you.

There are other reasons why an individual may be hesitant to store bullion at home, for instance, an individual could think twice about storing a bullion at their home if they think it could be stolen.

Anyone can be a victim of a robbery, no one is immune to crime, it can happen anywhere.

There are several other reasons why an individual may not want to store bullion at home, the factors mentioned above are just a few of them.

This page was created to inform you about vault storage of bullion and to help you decide if it works for you.








No Storage Space for Bullion


Lack of storage space for bullion is another realization that comes with  owning it.

For the individual who doesn't have to worry about natural disasters or crime affecting their home, then perhaps storage space may be an issue.

Storage space isn't necessarily an issue if you want to store less than $20,000 of physical bullion.

However, if you want to own over $20,000 in physical precious metals, especially silver, the metal will start taking up a good amount of space.

For instance:

If a person owned $20,000 of gold bullion purchased at the price of $1250 an ounce, which was the average price of gold in 2017, they would need enough space to hold only about 16 gold bullion coins.

Not a whole lot of space.

But, if the same person owned $20,000 of silver bullion purchased at $17.00, which was the average price of an ounce of silver in 2017, they would need to have enough space to store more than 1,100 coins.

A lot of space.


Before you Move on...


When storing it at home there are a few things one may want to take into consideration before doing so.

Your location: Do you rent or own, are you in the city or suburbs? FBI statistics say that if you live in a large metropolitan area and rent you are more likely to have a burglary than if you own your home and live in the suburbs.

Your budget: Keeping a small amount of bullion in your home is expected. However, if you plan to store large amounts of bullion inside your home, one should consider the additional security costs (ie: insurance, size of safe, security alarm, etc.)

These are simply some very important factors that every individual should think about before they decide whether or not Vault Bullion Storage is right for them.








Precious Metals Portfolio
Diversification


For anyone who wants to diversify some of their investments or savings into precious metals they may ask the following question:

How should I invest in Precious Metals?

It is often stated by financial advisors that 10% of your savings or investments portfolio should be allocated into precious metals, while others will quote a percentages up to 20 or 30 percent.

Regardless of how much you own in precious metals in comparison to your total investment or savings portfolio, the question that many ask is how should I own my precious metals investments.

There are a some choices:

  • Mining/Royalty Stocks - ex: WMP, NEM, RGLD, AG
  • ETFs - ex: GLD, SLV
  • Owning Physical Bullion at Home - ex: Coins, Bars
  • Owning Physical Bullion through a Vault Storage Bullion Company

The chart below is just a sample portfolio of how an individual may diversify their precious metals.

Ultimately it is up to you as to how and where you want to put your assets.

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The biggest thing that every investor should remember is never hold all your eggs in one basket: Diversify.








Foreign & Domestic Storage
Diversification


A smart diversification strategy doesn't only involve a well diversified investment portfolio, for the precious metals investor it also involves holding a portion of these assets outside of their home country.

Eric Sprott, the founder of Sprott Money Ltd. has stated the following about owning precious metals in more than one location.

"I firmly believe people should have various storage sources as I do and storing offshore is one of the most prudent decisions that a smart investor can make."

As previously mentioned the Free Bullion Investment Guide is affiliated with three Vault Storage companies.

Below is a list of locations each service offers to provide storage.

Bullion Vault

  • Zurich, New York, Toronto, Singapore, and London

Hard Assets Alliance

  • New York, Salt Lake City, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom

Sprott Money

  • Langley, BC, Cayman Islands, Toronto, Delaware, Switzerland, and Singapore

All of the vaults these services offer are run by highly respected security professionals.

These vaults house precious metals for governments, banks and other financial firms that demand the highest security.

In addition, the vaults have round-the-clock armed physical security and state-of-the-art electronic protection, and all are insured.

In today's world of limited privacy and growing debt investors need to know that their investments are protected from these threats.

This White Paper from Sprott Money offers more insight into why an individual should consider storing some of their precious metals internationally.





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Ease of Buying & Selling Bullion with
Vault Storage Brokerages


For those who want to purchase a lot of bullion, but don't want to deal with the hassles of moving the bullion to sell it, should consider this form of owning bullion.

Owning bullion through a Vault Storage Brokerage is what makes this form of owning bullion so convenient because it is very easy to buy and sell.

Just like a brokerage gives you an entry into the stock market to buy and sell stocks, vault storage companies allow you to do the same, in the physical precious metals bullion market.

However unlike stock brokerage firms that hold electronic forms of your stocks in your name, these bullion brokerages hold physical bullion allocated and registered to you, and you only.

Two of the three companies that the Free Bullion Investment Guide is affiliated with offer this type of service, they are: The Hard Assets Alliance, and the Bullion Vault.

These vault storage brokerages have bullion trading platforms that resemble the trading platforms of an online stock brokerage.

The trading platforms are very easy to use and to give you an idea of what these trading platform's are like, below is a screen-shot of Bullion Vault's trading platform.

Bullion Vault

The other Vault Storage company that this guide is affiliated with is Sprott Money, they do not offer a platform for trading bullion in this matter.







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Top 10
Questions Customers ask about
Vault Storage Services




Who does the Bullion
Really belong to?


Answer - You.

This guide is only affiliated with services that offer 'Allocated Accounts.'

An allocated account is a account where any bullion that is purchase is owned outright the an investor, under a contract or custody arrangement, in a professional bullion vault.

Vault storage companies act as custodians of your bullion. When a person opens an account with a company that trades and stores bullion they are participating in a "Bailment" Agreement.

A Bailment is a legal relationship between two entities, involving tangible assets, in this case the person who buys the bullion and the vault storage company.

The storage company is considered the custodian or "bailee", and the person who buys and owns the bullion is known as the "bailor."

The bullion is not part of the companies balance sheet because it is not their property, it is registered in the buyer's name, it is part of their nest egg, the company is only storing it for you.

Even in the case of the bankruptcy of the "Bailee," creditors cannot claim your bullion as theirs because of the Bailment Agreement.

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Vault Storage companies offer you a platform from which you can buy and sell physical bullion.

Bullion Vault - Online trading platform

Hard Assets Alliance - Online trading platform

Sprott Money - Call to buy and sell bullion

After you have bought the amount of bullion you wish to purchase the Custodian will hold the bullion for the Owner (you) in an allocated accounting system with the physical bullion you purchased registered only to you.








Are Customer Accounts Audited?
&
How Often Are They Done?


Yes, below, is an in-depth description of how each service does their audits.

Bullion Vault

  • daily audits published online, which explicitly reconciles the customer's gold, silver, and platinum...see Bullion Vault's daily audit here.



The Hard Asset Alliance

  • The internal records of bullion held in storage with them are reconciled with their vaults on a daily basis. In addition, each customer’s inventory is fully audited twice a year by independent auditors from Inspectorate, a Bureau Veritas company.



Sprott Money

  • Customer's receive a monthly report of all their holdings with Sprott Money along with the fees and charges owed for the month electronically via email.
  • Sprott Money also provides quarterly and annual reports to their clients, free of charge. Sprott Money employees conduct a quarterly audit and an annual audit will be conducted by an independent, third party auditor.

           In addition, Sprott Money offers Self-Audits, their policy on                  these audits are as follows:

  • Annual self-audits are welcomed. They can be conducted by the client and a Sprott Money associate (Please call for a quote). You must provide Sprott Money with at least five (5) days' written notice to arrange an appointment at one of our storage facilities.







Can I supply my account with
Bullion I already own?


No, below you will find answers to this question this guide's affiliated Vault Storage services.

Bullion Vault

  • No



The Hard Asset Alliance

  • HAA does not accept this service at this time, but they are working with one of their current vaulting partners to offer this service in the near future.



Sprott Money

  • Sprott Money only accepts products with serial numbers and sealed monster boxes that have been purchased from them.

    Unfortunately, at this time Sprott Money does not accept any external bullion to maintain the chain of integrity.







How Much Money is Needed to
Open an Account?


Bullion Vault

  • There are no minimums for the purchase metals, however, they note that they recommend avoiding overall investments below $2,000.

    This is because of the minimum monthly storage charge - $4 for gold and $8 for silver or platinum - may make your investment inefficient below this level.



The Hard Asset Alliance

  • There is no minimum order to purchase metals in all Hard Assets Alliance 'SmartMetals' account types, whether it is for delivery or for storage at any of their vaulting locations with the exception of New York.

    New York charges sales tax on precious metal bullion purchases under $1,000 when delivered or stored within the state. The Hard Assets Alliance implements this minimum to shelter their clients from this tax.



Sprott Money

  • $15,000 - However, purchases of less than $15,000 are welcomed with the intent to accumulate over the year.









What Methods of Payment Can Be Used to Open/Fund an Account?


Bullion Vault

  • Wire Transfer



The Hard Asset Alliance

  • Domestic ACH - US Dollar Deposits
  • Bank Wire - US or Euro Deposits
  • Personal or Business Check
  • Bitcoin



Sprott Money

  • Bank Wire
  • Bank Bill Payment
  • Money Orders, Certified Checks, Bank Drafts
  • Personal/Business Checks


Note: Methods of payment are subject to change without notice








During what Hours of the Day
Can I Buy and Sell Bullion?


Bullion Vault

  • 24/7 ~ 365 days a year



Hard Assets Alliance

  • Monday - Friday  -  7am to 4pm

    Orders placed outside market hours are automatically converted to an "under" order. This ensures your order will not be executed for a dollar amount greater than you intended in the event that market prices move during off-hours.




Sprott Money

  • Monday - Thursday:  8am - 6 pm ET
    Friday:  8 am - 5 pm ET







Questions & Answers
about Fees


How much are the Storage Fees?


Bullion Vault

Fees (include insurance)

Metal          per month        minimum         per month

Gold              0.01%           $4               0.033%

Silver            0.04%           $8               0.042%

Platinum        0.04%            $8              0.050%




The Hard Asset Alliance

Storage costs are the same in all of the Hard Asset Alliance's Vaults, and the rates depend on the quantity of metals you wish to store: the larger the amount of metals, the lower the fees.

Regardless, at any level, their rates range from 0.5% to 0.7% per year for gold and 0.6% to 0.8% for silver.

Fees are billed quarterly and automatically withdrawn from your cash account. If no cash is present, you will be notified.

Accounts not enrolled in Metal Stream will be subject to a $15 minimum, quarterly storage fee. Metal Stream is available for non-retirement accounts. To enroll please login to your account and make the changes under the 'Settings' section.




Sprott Money

The yearly minimum storage fee is $200 plus applicable taxes.

The minimum monthly fee is $16.67 plus applicable taxes.

This means that by the above calculation, if the storage fee amounts to less than $16.67 plus applicable taxes in any month, you will still be charged $16.67 plus applicable taxes in that month.









Questions & Answers
about Fees


What are the Fees for
Buying & Selling Bullion?


Bullion Vault

Transactions    Sum of all purchases         Commission

On the first        $75,000 or equivalent           0.50%

On the next       $750,000 or equivalent          0.10%

Then                                                         0.05%

Bullion Vault aggregate your prior deals within the year, you pay lower commissions as the year progresses. Commission discounts for both purchases and sales run independently on gold, silver and platinum.




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They range from company to company of course, and every company offers different incentives for you to use them. However to get an idea of what these companies charge to provide their services are as follows from lowest to highest:

  • Storage Fees - (.10% to >6% per annum. / depending on the precious metal being stored and the location of storage facility)

  • Buying Fees or Commissions (.02% to 8%)

  • Selling Fees or Commissions (free - to 5%)

Bullion Vault Storage Companies also charge other small fees that usually do not exceed 1% of the total cost per order, these include administration fees and clearing fees among others.















How Long Does it Take to Withdraw Money from Sold Bullion?

Bullion Vault


The Hard Asset Alliance



Sprott Money









Can I Get Home Delivery of the Bullion I own & are what are the costs?


All of the services that we're affiliated with offer home delivery, however, all of the services have some requirements for minimums for deliverable bullion and fees are associated with delivery.

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The two services that offer home delivery without any minimums or additional fees are the & Sprott Money.

Listed below are the names of Vault Storage Services that provide physical delivery of the bullion you buy.

However, each service has different requirements for receiving Home Delivery.

For instance: Sprott Money offer no minimum purchases for home delivery, websites rules and regulations carefully before choosing one company over the other if you want physical delivery.

Not all have the same rules for physical bullion delivery.











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