Can your Super Fund invest in precious metals?

Precious metals have proven to be a popular asset to act as an insurance policy for wealth preservation throughout history.  So how can you invest in gold, silver and platinum for your retirement portfolio?

A self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) allows Trustees to choose the assets to suit their risk profile and investment strategy.  Superannuation protects your wealth and assets until the day you retire and a SMSF allows you to choose how you manage for your retirement saving.

GBA has many clients who have invested in precious metals as a strategy to preserve the value of their retirement fund using their SMSF.

Safeguarding your future

The importance of a diversified portfolio

Precious metals are an asset many investors seek when economic markets are uncertain. Why is this so?

Gold is an insurance policy that can preserve wealth.  It’s like a rainy-day fund to protect you against falling real estate prices, sporadic inflations, and volatile global market conditions. You may also increase your wealth along the way if gold or silver appreciates as it has done for the past decade.

  • Unlike other investments, gold, silver and platinum will always be considered precious.
  • Physical precious metals have no 3rd party risk
  • Bullion is a great tool to diversify your portfolio and protect your wealth (insurance) – precious metals have a longstanding track record
  • There is potential to see a higher return on your investment, if and when the value appreciates.

What type of precious metals are most suitable for SMSF's?

There are a number of things SMSF Trustees should consider when selecting the most appropriate assets for their SMSF portfolios:
– liquidity & ability to quickly buy and sell
– correlation to other assets in their portfolio
– asset’s purpose such as a crisis or inflation hedge
– fees & costs such as audit & insurance

To address many of the points above, a logical choice to invest in precious metals for your SMSF is to choose a Pool Allocated product.


How to invest in precious metals using my SMSF

If you are the Trustee of your SMSF you have the ability to add precious metals as an asset to your investment portfolio, although there are a few things to be aware of before you do.

The type of precious metals

Not all products are allowable, for example, some coins and unique items where the face value exceeds the metal value would be considered “Collectible” and are therefore not permitted as an asset.  Bullion bars, bullion coins and Pool Allocated products are the most popular.

Where the assets are kept

As the Trustee, you are responsible for ensuring all assets are securely protected. While physical precious metals can be kept at home, it is generally recommended they are stored in a dedicated vault service.

Reporting & Auditing

For each Financial Year the auditor of your fund will require a resolution as of 30 June which confirms:

  • Inventory on hand including the type and quantity of precious metal
  • Details of insurance including correct replacement value
  • Storage details to prove the assets are not available for personal use by the members of the fund

For more information please contact our team



Does my precious metal need to be stored in a vaulting facility?

This is a question for your financial adviser, as it depends on the type of asset and the requirements as stated in your SMSF Trust. Generally, collectable items such as coins are required to be stored and insured at a purpose built secure environment rather than held by the trustees.

Does my precious metal need to be audited?

Although Serial numbered bars greatly assist with SMSF auditing procedures, they do come at a higher cost and are not mandatory. Many auditors insist that SMSFs demonstrate their bullion holdings are being stored safely and at arms-length. The vaulting services provided by Gold Bullion Australia Treasury Reserve (GBATR) are becoming increasingly popular, and they meet these strict SMSF storage guidelines no matter which product you choose.

Will my accountant have access to the reports they need?

Yes. You will have access to online metal account statements providing current valuation, transaction history and account details.

What type of precious metal can my SMSF invest in?

It is wise to speak with your financial adviser regarding the type of product and the investment strategy. At GBA we see many SMSF investors purchasing cast bars and pooled allocated due the cost effectiveness and ability to regularly top up investments.

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