Precious metals in physical or book-entry form offer investors an additional way to diversify their portfolios compared to more conventional asset classes.
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Buying precious metals in their physical form offers an alternative investment. Precious metals can be held in secure depositories or stored in safe-deposit boxes. You can also buy precious metals in the form of coins or different-sized ingots which make an original and durable gift. Unlike other metals, gold (coins or ingots) is VAT-exempt. This asset class does not count as part of any bankruptcy estate and it can be delivered at any time.
Precious metal accounts allow you to take advantage of a simple investment in book-entry form. Opening a precious metal account will give you access to a range of possible transactions. Forward or spot trades and options are available on the following assets:
Precious metal accounts