Can I Rollover my 401k into Gold
There are several exceptional reasons to purchase Gold:
If you recognize the benefits of owning physical Precious metals but wish to do so inside a tax-advantage Investment account then rolling an eligible 401(k) into a Gold IRA may be the solution you are seeking.
There is a big caveat, however, on transferring a 401(k) into a Gold IRA. Unfortunately, only ‘eligible’ 401(k) accounts can be moved to another tax-advantaged account. ‘Eligible’ in this case means the 401(k) was provided by a previous employer. The active 401(k) you have with your current employer is not eligible for a rollover or transfer.
Any 401(k) account from a previous employer is eligible for a rollover or transfer to another IRS-approved Retirement account. Investors are allowed to perform one penalty-free rollover or transfer in any given tax year.
Active 401(k) accounts are a mixed blessing. Using pre-tax money to invest for retirement is great (especially if the company matches your contribution!), but most 401(k) plans offer very few choices for where this retirement money is invested. Unless you have a unique 401(k) Plan Provider your only options in an active 401(k) are Mutual funds which hold some mix of equity (Stocks) and debt (Bonds) instruments.
You only have two choices for accessing the funds in your active 401k account:
- 1You can change companies and your 401(k) will then be eligible for rollover or transfer without taxes or penalties.
- 2You can take a loan against your 401(k) account. Your company will have guidelines about when a loan is or isn’t permissible. In general, a 401(k) loan is intended to be used for major purchases like buying a house or responding to a financial emergency. If you tell your Plan Administrator that you intend to purchase Precious metals with the proceeds of the loan they will most likely look at you as if you have three or more heads on your shoulders and then they will disapprove your loan.
Gold Coins for retirement
Gold has played a role in human economics for literally thousands of years.
An interesting fact is that every human civilization in recorded history has used Silver as currency during some point in the civilization’s existence. In most cases, Gold in these societies was used as a store of value while Silver circulated among the people facilitating small transactions like buying groceries or gasoline.
Based on our human history, investing in Gold Coins for retirement makes a lot of sense.
Like most Investments, there are some downsides to Gold Coins for retirement:
Convert 401k to physical Gold
Start your Precious metals Portfolio with physical Gold that you have ready access to.
Focus on acquiring Bullion products, not Numismatic or Collectible Coins.
Grab a few 1/10th ounce American Gold Eagle coins and keep them in your 'grab-and-go' bag along with the rest of the survival gear. You will pay a premium on these fractional-ounce Coins but they are more useful if you actually have to use them in a barter situation.
After you have a foundation of physical metal in place you can then look for additional ways to gain exposure to the Precious metals.
For many conservative investors it makes sense to convert at least some portion of their traditional Retirement accounts into a self-directed Precious metals IRA.
They understand that their tax-advantaged retirement savings are essentially stuck inside IRS-approved accounts until they reach age 59 ½.
Moving some of these funds into a Gold IRA lets them gain the diversification and protection that physical Gold Investment offers.
How to move 401k without penalty
The process for establishing a physical Gold Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is fairly simple.
You begin by opening up a self-directed IRA account with an IRS-approved Broker-Dealer.
When the IRA account is open you perform a transfer or rollover from your eligible 401(k) to the new self-directed Gold IRA.
Funds inside the Gold IRA may be used to acquire permitted types of Gold and various other Precious metals.
Benefits of Gold IRA
There are several primary advantages of Gold IRAs:
Can I buy Silver with my 401K
To acquire physical Silver with 401(k) funds you have to first move that money into a Precious metals IRA account.
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 clearly specified that investors could hold physical Silver and Gold in their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Platinum and Palladium were added in 1998.Like Gold, the Silver in an IRA has to be of Bullion quality (99.95% pure, or better) and originate from an IRS-approved source like a government mint or third-party refinery.
Best Gold 401k
The best Gold 401(k) is a Solo 401(k) but that Investment vehicle is only available to small business owners with no employees.
In fact, a Solo 401(k) is the only type of 401(k) that allows investors to hold physical Precious metals.
Solo 401(k) plans were created in 2001 by the Tax Relief Reconciliation Act and they provide more flexibility than even self-directed IRAs (SDIRA). In addition to the alternative asset classes permitted in an SDIRA, Solo 401(k) investors are allowed to hold insurance products in their accounts.
Unless you are a small business owner with no employees there is no “best Gold 401k” – it simply doesn’t exist.
Gold IRA rollover guide
The most straightforward way to gain tax-advantaged ownership of Precious metals is to perform a Gold IRA rollover.
As a reminder, Precious metal IRAs are the only way (other than a Solo 401k) for investors to purchase physical Precious metals using tax-advantaged funds. It isn’t a matter of whether a Gold IRA is the best way to purchase physical metal or not, the question at hand is how to invest in Gold using our retirement savings without paying taxes or penalties.
The only way to do that is with a Gold IRA or Solo 401(k).In general, funds can be rolled into a Precious metals IRA from these types of Retirement accounts: eligible 401(k), 403b, 457, Traditional IRA, SEP IRA, TSP, Annuities, Pension plans.
Best way to buy Gold in IRA
The best way to buy Gold in an IRA is to focus on Bullion products over proof Coins or special edition Coins.
If you spend some time reading customer reviews for Gold IRA companies you will notice that most of the complaints involve customers who purchased proof or special edition Coins and then lost money when they liquidated their account.
It is super-simple to avoid this potential problem by NOT buying proof Coins!
One ounce of Gold is worth exactly one ounce of Gold.
Being shiny (proof) or limited in quantity (special edition) or having a certificate of authenticity (who cares?) does NOT increase the value of the Gold Coin. Regardless of how fancy the Coin is, it is worth one ounce of Gold, period. Don’t waste your Investment Dollars on over-priced proof and limited edition Coins.
Another factor to consider when looking for the best Gold to buy in an IRA is the premium that mints and refineries charge for fractional-ounce Gold Coins. In general, the smaller the Coin, the larger the premium will be on a percentage basis.
For example, if we look at APMEX today (05/03/2022) we find that a one-ounce American Gold Eagle will cost us $1988.29. With spot Gold currently at $1870 the premium on the one-ounce Coin is about 6.3%. If we drop down to the 1/10th ounce version of the same Coin we have to pay $281.75 which represents a premium of 50% over spot.
As you can see, these fractional ounce Coins are quite expensive. In a Gold IRA it probably makes sense to avoid these small Gold Coins and stick with one ounce bars and Coins.
Relocating your eligible 401k to Gold without paying taxes or penalties is easy. Simply pick a Gold IRA company and they will walk you through the process.
With all of the economic headwinds currently blowing there has never been a better time to implement the protection that Precious metals have always represented.
Shield your retirement savings today by moving your eligible 401(k) to Gold without penalty.
About Satori Traders
Satori Traders LLC is a California-registered Investment Advisor specializing in the Precious metals.
Bryan V Post is a California-registered Investment Advisor Representative and the founder of Satori Traders.
Bryan has worn numerous hats during his life: Engineer, Portfolio manager, Precious metals Investor, Technical analyst, Proprietary trader, Swing trader.