By adding physical gold products to an Individual Retirement Account an investor can diversify his portfolio with historically safe assets that can help the IRA last years into retirement.

Even savvy investors may not know that several types of gold coins and bullion meeting minimum purity requirements are legally approved for use with IRAs and other self-directed retirement accounts.

Investors looking to add gold to their IRAs should contact their plan custodians. While many will buy gold or bullion for an investor’s IRA, not all do –so it’s important to work with a custodian experienced in precious metals investing. IRA owners can fill out an application either to create a dedicated gold IRA or add precious metals to their existing portfolios.

As a tangible asset, gold may provide more peace of mind for IRA investors compared to watching the rise and fall of stocks. The gold must be physically held by an IRS-approved depository service and investors should know they must pay administrative and storage fees each year.

IRAs do have a required minimum distribution starting at age 70 ½, so at that point investors may ask IRA custodians to sell some gold or to have it physically delivered to them.

Gold products approved for use in IRAs include the American Eagle, the only bullion coins whose weight, content and purity are guaranteed by the U.S. government. Investors can buy them with confidence, knowing the coins are confirmed to contain the stated amount of gold.

An additional bonus: The U.S. government backing ensures that American Eagle Bullion Coins are accepted in major global investment markets, and they are the most widely traded bullion coins in America.