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Do Other Dealers Also Offer Storage Solutions That Preserve The Chain Of Custody, And How Is HAA Different?

Many customers tend to take delivery and store their precious metals at home or a local bank. While it may seem fun and safe to hold your gold in the palm of your hand, there are a couple of serious downsides.

First, you are at risk of theft. And believe me, this happens more often than many people think. Second, your home insurance is often inadequate to cover losses of precious metals. Third, do you really want to tell your insurance broker and insurance company how much gold you have at home and where it is located? Finally, when you take your metals out of LBMA-approved vaults, you break the chain of custody.

Once precious metals are outside of the chain of custody, they usually have to be re-assayed or at least inspected upon the sale. This greatly limits your selling options and lowers selling prices.

In contrast, the bullion stored with the Hard Assets Alliance in any of our vault locations is always available for immediate delivery at your request. It’s also insured at full replacement value—not market value.

This is critical because in times when bullion coins and bars are in short supply and sell for large premiums over the spot price, getting cash based on the spot price is not nearly as good as getting your bullion back.

Many precious metal dealers offer some LBMA-approved storage solutions, but not all of them provide insurance at full replacement value. The Hard Assets Alliance stands out from most dealers in that we do not buy the metal back from our clients, which would put their metal value at the mercy of the dealer.

Instead, when it is time to sell, we connect our clients with half a dozen whole-sellers/mints bidding for their metals. This competitive bidding process ensures that our customers always get the best price for their metals at any time.

Olivier Garret

Olivier Garret, CEO
Hard Assets Alliance

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Why I Founded the Hard Assets Alliance

11 years ago, I became the CEO of Casey Research, a leading publisher of investment newsletters. Like me, many of our subscribers where precious metals investors, and we shared the same challenge: How do I safely buy and store precious metals? Read More...

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