How to Purchase precious metals (e.g. Gold Solo 401k): Self Directed Solo 401k | Solo 401k

Solo 401k funds can be invested in precious metals such as gold and silver provided the IRS requirements outlined in Code 408(m) are satisfied.

How the purchase of metals (often called Gold Solo 401k) works:

Step 1: Find a Precious Metals dealer: Below are some links of brands acceptable in a Solo 401k.








All Metals:







Step 2: As trustee of the Solo 401k, choose the metals to be held in the Solo 401k.

Step 3: Have the Precious Metals dealer prepare the purchase invoice in the name of the Solo 401k F.B.O your name as trustee.

Step 4: Write a check from the Solo 401k checking account payable to the precious metals dealer and send the funds directly to the Precious Metal dealer with instructions to where to deliver the metals.

Step 5: The dealer will then send the precious metals (e.g., gold and silver coins) to either:

  • You as Trustee of Solo 401k plan for storage at the local bank or credit union , or

Step 6. Lastly, make sure you are not purchasing disallowed metals. Click here to read our blog regarding the negative consequences of investing solo 401k funds in disallowed metals:

Additional Information: Click here to read our blog regarding acceptable metals that may be held in a solo 401k.


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