There are many risks associated with storing gold in the banking system, notably the risk of bankruptcy or government confiscation.
Investing in gold is generally done as a security measure to protect oneself against the risks associated with the fragility of the financial system, and to have access to a universally accepted means of payment in case of bank failure or temporary closing (bank holiday).
If you hold your gold in a bank’s vault and the bank closes temporarily or, worse, goes bankrupt (as was the case in Argentina), you lose the advantage of immediate access to a means of payment for your basic needs in times of trouble, when access to traditional means of payment like cash or bank cards is hampered.
The risk of bank failure is serious and real, as Max Keiser explains in an interview on Russia Today, with the banking system being entirely inter-connected.
Even though the risk is small, confiscation has occurred (Roosevelt’s Executive Order 6102 in 1933). Confiscation could happen following panic in the banking system or just before announcing a new monetary system. In that case, owning gold in one’s country of residence is risky because it can be legally seized.
Goldbroker.com has its storage facilities in Switzerland, which eliminates the risk of confiscation for most of our clients.
Risk of bankruptcy, risk of confiscation, inter-connectedness of the banking system, rehypothecation, price manipulation… Those are real risks that must be considered before deciding where to store one’s physical gold.
Goldbroker.com has put together an investment and storage solution that offers maximum security for direct ownership of physical gold and silver.