Frequently Asked Questions
Allocated storage of precious metals is the best way to store gold, silver, platinum and palladium because it implies that you are the direct owner of the metal, not GoldMoney or any other third-party. When a precious metal is allocated, there is a defined and recorded owner of the metal, namely you. The manager of the metal (i.e., GoldMoney) or the vault does not have any direct claim on the metal.
A good way to compare allocated versus unallocated metal is to look at it in accounting terms. Allocated metal does not show up on the balance sheet of GoldMoney or the vault operator. It is an off balance sheet item, which is the property of its customers.
Unallocated metal shows up in a company's balance sheet as an asset, and the claims to the metal from its customers as the corresponding liability. This is how many accounts with financial institutions work, as well as the various certificate programmes worldwide sponsored by governments or private entities. If one of those entities were to go bust, any of its creditors would have first claim to those assets, leaving the entity's customers with no access to the metal (liabilities) promised to them.
When your metal is held in allocated storage, you have the assurance that your gold, silver, platinum and palladium is protected should GoldMoney or the vault it works with ever face bankruptcy or other financial difficulties, because their creditors would have no claim to your property since it is not a financial asset of GoldMoney or the vault.
Although your metal is always allocated, not all bars held in our vaults are identified as specifically belonging to a certain customer. GoldMoney has no ownership interest in your metal and title to a certain amount of metal rests with you, even if your metal is not specifically identified. You can however register individual gold, silver, platinum or palladium bars in your name and thus indicate your undivided ownership of these bars.
How are the metals in GoldMoney stored?
All precious metals in GoldMoney are in allocated storage, meaning that the bars of metal are ...
Do I pay any storage fee for my precious metals?
Different metals that you own in the GoldMoney system can have different storage vault locations, ...
How are the storage fees paid for registered bars?
The storage fee for registered bars is the same as for undivided metal and will be deducted ...
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