Is gold storage something you’re thinking about Are you interested in purchasing physical Gold or silver, but concerned about where you’ll store it Our infographic highlights the various options available; to help put your mind at rest.
The main advantage of owning physical gold is that it’s the real thing! There’s no counterparty risk, as there’s no electronic trading or paper involved. It’s as real and solid as can be and something that you have the pleasure of holding in your hand.
Delivered to you fully insured, our delivery is discreet, so the whole neighbourhood won’t know what you’re taking delivery of. It’s packaged in plain, padded envelopes, safely and securely. We also track every package that we post, which allows us to follow up on any queries and provide reassurance on when you should expect your delivery. If your gold or silver is in stock, and you place your order before 2pm, then we should be able to get it to you by the next working day. Before 1pm to be precise. Should your order be out of stock then we’ll aim to deliver it within 2 – 3 days – depending on the stock availability. From 2018 all gold orders benefit from free UK delivery.
Once you’ve received your package and signed for it, there are several options for you to consider regarding storage:
Many people choose to keep their gold stored safely at home and there are many options available for home storage. A steel safe is the most obvious choice for safety and security – preferable bolted down to the floor. But if bolting the safe isn’t an option, then try to keep them safe somewhere out of sight, like in a cupboard, hidden by other items.
You can also use everyday household cupboard items, like tins, packets of cereal, boxes of tea bags etc. to hide and conceal your gold, but it’s important that you remember where you’ve stored it so it doesn’t accidentally get thrown away. There are many different steel safes available for home use. These include fireproof and waterproof ones. There are even models that can be unlocked by using your fingerprints. They can also be installed inside the flooring, underneath the carpet.
There are a number of ingenious secret storage items that you can purchase from PhysicalGold.com, such as clocks or wall sockets, to help you conceal & store your precious metals.
Hiding things under the mattress is also more common than you might think, but whichever home storage option you choose, you must ensure your home insurance covers the total value of the gold. The advantage of keeping your gold at home is that you know exactly where it is, you can keep it close and touch it, as often as you wish.
Safety deposit boxes at banks are considered to be extremely safe and secure, so it’s worth visiting your bank to ask about the availability of one if this is of interest to you. Many banks have been withdrawing these facilities over the past few years though, so there may be a waiting list or a box may be quite difficult to acquire.
A third-party safety deposit facility offers boxes for you to rent to keep your small, personal household items safe. These facilities are usually open 9 – 5pm for you to visit and generally cost between £100 – £1000 per year to rent.
Since tariffs are expensive, it could work well as a short-term arrangement. The benefits of using a safety deposit facility are that your valuable assets are stored away from your home.
Additionally, these boxes are available in various sizes and you can choose one according to your requirements. Of course, one of the disadvantages of this arrangement is that you cannot access the box at any time of your choice. You can only do so when the facility is open. Also, there could be a natural disaster like a flood that could damage your belongings stored inside the box. In many cases, the operator may refuse to re-compensate you for your damages when this happens, simply because their insurance may not cover it
The most common (and safest) gold storage option is to arrange for the secure storage of your gold with your chosen dealer, as they have access to secure vaults. These professional vaults offer 24hr safety and security, giving you reassurance and peace of mind. The vaults are highly secure and generally don’t allow public visits, but rest assured your gold will be personally allocated and stored separately in a fully segregated account, within your own little section in the vault.
At PhysicalGold.com, pension gold, silver coins and gold coins are stored at Loomis International, UK – one of the UK’s most secure gold storage facilities. Silver Bars are stored at Network Securities in the Channel Islands – a specialist vault facility that has dual controlled security systems and a direct connection to the local police station.
So if you choose to store your precious metals with us, we can reassure you that all of our stored gold and silver is fully insured, segregated and completely ring-fenced and you can request home delivery of your gold at any time. However, given the high levels of security involved, it’s often not possible for the public to request to view their gold, but we can assure you that it is there – safe and secure.
Daniel Fisher formed physical Gold in 2008, after working in the financial industry for 20 years. He spent much of that time working within the new issue fixed income business at a top tier US bank. In this role, he traded a large book of fixed income securities, raised capital for some of the largest government, financial, and corporate institutions in the world and advised the leading global institutional investors. Daniel is CeFA registered and is a member of the Institute of Financial Planning.