Over-View of Bullion Vault Storage Companies for
Bullion Investors

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Vault Storage of Bullion is a direct reference to owning precious metals away from where you live.

There are many reasons why you may want to choose this form of bullion investment, and this page covers them for you.

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Below are the topics that will be discussed to help you decide if Vault Storage Service is right for you and your precious metals investments:

  • Diversification of Saving, and Investments
  • Easier to Buy and Sell Bullion
  • Avoid Institutional (Bank Safety Deposit Box) Storage
  • International Storage
  • Less Hassle / Less Stress than storing at home

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, Bullion Vault Storage companies make so much sense and should not be over-looked as a viable option for Diversifying your storage options with your precious metal physical bullion investments.

Questions one may ask a Vault Storage company before they trust them to store their wealth.

Who does the Bullion Really belong to?

Quick answer - You.

Bullion 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 and owns the bullion and the vault storage company.

The storage company is considered the custodian or "bailee", and you, are the owner or "bailor" of the physical precious metals bullion.

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Bullion Vault Storage companies give you a platform from which you can buy and sell physical bullion through their website.

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

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

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

Bullion Savers & Bullion Brokers

In addition to helping you save and store your precious metals, many Online Vault Storage companies act much like online stock brokerages.

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 the real physical bullion allocated and registered to you and you only.

Who stores the physical bullion?

Many of the Bullion Storage Services employ third party storage companies to store the precious metals.

Most use the respected VIA MAT INTERNATIONAL, part of Mat Securitas Express AG, of Switzerland, one of Europe's largest and oldest armored transport and storage companies.

Storage Services of the 5 Vault Storage/Bullion Brokers

Bullion Vault - VIA MAT

GoldMoney - VIA MAT

Gold Core - VIA MAT

Gold Silver - VIA MAT

Silver Savor - First State Depository, Wilmington, Del.

Is there only one storage facility?

Not usually, most of the Bullion Vault Storage companies offer storage in several different countries including, but not limited to, Zurich (Switzerland), Hong Kong (China), London (UK) and New York (USA).

The most popular choice being Zurich, Switzerland.

Why should I trust your company over storing bullion myself?

Everyone is allowed to store their bullion however they feel is the safest. 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 for emergencies is expected. However, if you plan to store large amounts of bullion inside your home, one should consider additional security costs (ie: insurance, size of safe, security alarm, etc.)

Bullion Vault Storage Companies have outside auditors that come into their vaults and audit each account. These audits range from everyday to once every quarter, depending on the company.

Is physical delivery available?

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Yes, Listed below are the names of Vault Storage Services, all of them provide physical delivery of the bullion you buy.

However, it is recommended to read each 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.

Can I supply my account with Bullion I already own?

Yes and No, Some companies allow you to supply your account with your own bullion others do not.

How close to the spot price of bullion can one expect to get from a Vault Storage Company?

Pretty close, Surprisingly, many of these services charge as low as >1% above spot price to 8% above spot price. The commissions range from company to company.

What are the Fees?

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.

Listed below are the Five Bullion Vault Storage companies discussed above...

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*When you buy gold or silver from the BullionVault, you are buying a allocated portion of a standard London Good Delivery Bar. These bars consist of 400 ounces of either gold or silver. In addition, if you choose to take sole possession of the bar and either want it stored in there vaults or have it delivered to you some of the Fees do rise.

Consult the Bullion Vault for more information.

Bullion Vault Storage Fees are paid monthly

Bullion Vault

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*Insurance Fees are built into GoldMoney's total Storage costs.

*Fees differ for Precious Metals Bullion Stored (ie: gold, silver, platinum & palladium). Costs vary from the metal being stored to the location of the vault you want your bullion it to be stored in.

**Buying / Purchasing Fees vary from the different types of Precious Metals bullion being purchased to the amount paid for each type of precious metal bullion. (ie: gold, silver, platinum, palladium)

***GoldMoney does allow delivery, however their rules are much like BullionVault but are slightly different, go here for more details.

Bullion Vault Storage Fees are paid monthly


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*Delivery is available, depending on what type of account you set up with GoldCore, consult GoldCore.com for more information.

Bullion Vault Storage Fees are paid monthly


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