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Direct and fully segregated
through SD Bullion

Every year we deliver millions of ounces of gold and silver bullion discreetly to customers doors.

Now we are thrilled to offer you the safest methodology to own bullion outside of your home, with 4 direct fully-insured non-bank bullion depository locations throughout North America.

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Direct Bullion Storage Service eliminates CounterParty Risks

Unlike most physical precious metal storage options available today, through SD Bullion, your gold or silver storage holdings and bullion depository accounts can and will be controlled directly by you the bullion storage account holder.

By maintaining 100% full autonomy on your physical precious metals you eliminate conflicts of interest and potential pernicious counter-party risks associated with most bullion dealer storage services available today.

We have partnered with some of the largest most respected names in the professional logistics service industry to bring you this direct bullion storage optionality. You can now have your own direct bullion depository accounts geo diversified either internationally or simply domestically according to your preference.

Learn further how this particular gold and silver bullion storage option is different and safer.


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  • Secure Logistics

    Storage Custodian

  • Customers with fully segregated storage accounts they fully control themselves

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    Au - Pd - Pt - Ag

  • Secure Logistics

    Storage Custodian

  • Bullion Dealers and/or

    their subsidary company between you and your bullion

  • Customers with non-direct sub accounts they do not control themselves

You Get 100% Full Autonomy WHILE AvoidING Conflicts of Interest

Bullion owners should always have and maintain a distinct and clear separation and segregation between the bullion depository custodians who will safeguard your bullion holdings over the long term, and the bullion dealer(s) who you choose to buy from and possibly sell to.

This is why all the bullion storage models you find here at SD Bullion, are direct and only between you and the proven bullion storage custodians available at the 4 silver and gold storage locations currently offered (Cayman Islands, Miami, Los Angeles, and New York). In other words we will have no control nor influence whatsoever on your bullion storage account holdings.

Usually in the bullion depository industry, the gold and silver storage services offered often fall under a ‘Master Sub-Account Agreement’ made with a ‘Custodian’. The custodian is typically a secure logistics firm that guards the bullion and physical precious metals while the master account is usually the bullion dealer themselves.

What this means, is that the bullion dealer involved is the ‘Master’ of the total account (all bullion holdings contained), while the customers who bought and have bullion within this arrangement are merely 'Sub-Accounts'. If a 'Sub-Account' customer wants their physical precious metals moved, sold, or altered they have to petition the 'Master Account' bullion dealer to arrange the request and execution.

In a Master Sub-Account model, the bullion dealer alone has direct and full autonomy on all the bullion’s movements, buying, and selling of the physical precious metals contained. The sub-accounts conversely have no direct communication with the safeguarding custodian and therefore are strictly limited with their own autonomy on their very own precious metal holdings.

Master Sub-Account Agreements are a conflict of interest for sub-accounts because bullion dealers should never be trusted to safeguard the physical precious metals they sell to you. Many bullion dealers even go as far as creating subsidiary bullion storage companies to limit the inherent risks that long term bullion storage arrangements have on their more profitable bullion dealing businesses.

As well most bullion dealer storage arrangements are often profit drivers for bullion dealers who skim a portion of the storage fees before paying the bullion custodian their share. Worse even, some bullion storage fee models simply siphon small portions of bullion straight from the bullion owners safe haven troy ounce holdings, instead of merely charging them in US dollars or other fiat currencies (often using confusing jargon like grains, grams, or basis points for fees).

Sadly there is also a long litany of failed bullion storage arrangements over many decades that have cost bilked would-be bullion owners multiple $100s of millions of dollars in losses and unrecoverable unsecured creditor filings. Often incompetent and or fraudulent bullion dealer storage arrangements can take decades to finally fail and become exposed to the investors.

But My Middlemen Metals are Audited

Anyone paying attention to financial frauds over the last few decades knows that even the 'Big 4' accounting firms often miss or fail to report frauds occurring for years at a time and for various reasons. Most accountants have little to no clue how the bullion industry operates. When contracted they often get overwhelmed when auditing bullion storage facilities and operations.

To do the job correctly requires deep-dive forensic accounting, product knowledge, robust full access to customer records with random third party verifications, and many days if not weeks to fully count and verify purported holdings often spread in various locations across the globe. In the real world, true forensic accounting verifications cost a lot of time and money (forensic audits often only occur in courts of law AFTER bullion storage frauds have been exposed). As well, accounting firm audits can also be consistently manipulated through customer record riggings. In essence, the truth can be obfuscated for decades. The safest course of action it to simply take as direct of control of your bullion holdings as you reasonably can.

We want to help you avoid many of the typical risks and conflicts of interest associated with most bullion dealer depository arrangements. Here is how we suggest you do so.

Have and Maintain Direct Control of all the Physical Bullion You Store

We strongly suggest all bullion buyers when beginning take delivery of some physical precious metals that they buy. The reasons for this suggestion are multivariate. First buy taking direct delivery you inspect and maintain full control over your safe haven bullion purchase. Secondly the best way to learn about the bullion buying and selling process is to do it first-hand to begin.

By taking direct delivery you get accustomed with the bullion buying process, learn what is and is not a reasonable delivery time frame, as well become accustomed to the full process from product selection all the way to safely storing some in your home or on your property.

Once you reach holding a reasonable amount of bullion directly first hand, you may want to begin looking into ways to geo-diversify locally and even in offshore bullion storage locations.

For higher net worth investors and bullion buyers, having six or possibly seven figures of bullion in one’s home, uninsured is a risky decision that has backfired for some.

Luckily now, there are new home bullion storage insurance options are now available for bullion buyers through SD Bullion too. Direct bullion storage accounts can simply further avert this kind of trouble from happening in your home.

Every Bullion Storage Service is 100% Fully Insured

If maintaining a portion of your safe haven wealth outside of your nation’s jurisdiction is important to your wealth and estate planning, then the offshore silver storage and gold vaulting option located in the Cayman Islands is an excellent choice especially for US and Canadian citizens.

Each Direct Silver Bullion Depository is VAT free

Perhaps you live in the European Union and would like to avoid paying Platinum, Palladium, or Silver VAT tax rates as high as 27% on top of the bullion product premium prices associated with bullion coins, rounds, and bars in the EU.

Any of the 4 silver depository locations we offer can help you avoid these VAT costs and thus help your silver bullion cost basis to stay as low as possible all while being stored in jurisdictions with strong rules of law and property rights.

Physical Bullion Depository Storage Fees

Total Bullion Value

per Location (USD)

  • Up to $50k USD
  • $50k to $100k USD
  • $100k to $500k USD
  • $500k to $1m USD
  • Above $1m USD
Monthly Charge

monthly charge (USD)

  • $25.00 USD
  • $55.00 USD
  • $175.00 USD
  • $225.00 USD
  • $16.00 USD per Additional $100k

Most silver bullion and gold bullion buyers believe physical precious metals owned outright offers them:

  • A safe haven asset which preserves wealth over the long term and is easy to transfer title to loved ones on an intergenerational basis.
  • A true portfolio diversification tool which when back-tested in our fully fiat currency era is mathematically proven to hedge against many downside risks compared to other non-correlated asset classes (bonds and stocks specifically).
  • A currently undervalued asset class compared to equities, bonds, and even real estate.
  • A defense tangible asset against both record debt levels worldwide, potential inflationary or deflationary scenarios.
  • Protection from bank failures (e.g. bank bailouts, bank bail-ins, account freezes, and cash withdrawal rationing).
  • A private asset which cannot go bankrupt with limited counterparty risks.
  • A potentially revaluing asset class in a record low real interest rate yielding environment (e.g. ZIRP / NIRP) with other experimental and standard central bank policies which consistently devalue fiat currencies over the long term.
  • One of the most liquid, easily tradable asset classes similar to most physical cash notes still accepted in commerce.

Silver ETFs / Gold ETFs vs Direct Bullion Storage

Most physical silver and gold bullion buyers have medium to long term time horizons on their purchase and holding duration expectations. Physical bullion owners are most often not simultaneously derivative day-traders.

Most bullion buyers know their typical reasons and motivations for outright bullion ownership are in conflict with the vast majority of precious metal Exchange Traded Funds which are commonly available on equity and stock exchanges.

Below we examine some of the costs associated with holding some silver and gold ETFs vs. using a fully insured non-bank silver and gold vault or depository service. Aside from the hard costs and fees associated, we look at the other features that distinguish ETFs from physical bullion ownership, such as:

  • Can you actually visit and audit your precious metals?
  • Do you know even where your funds precious metals are even being stored?
  • Do you as an ETF shareholder even own outright any precious metals underlying the fund?
  • Can you easily withdraw your very own physical bullion bars or coins?
  • How did your ETF perform in the 2008 financial crisis when many popular physical bullion product premiums reached +80% above the then fluctuating spot price?

Unlike the direct private bullion storage models offered here, when you examine the overall fees of ETFs looking backwards, you will inevitably find higher costs associated than even their supposedly simple upfront quoted “management fees”. Commissions and even operating expenses are often added on in arrears, making total expenses for many ETFs much higher than what was originally perceived or quoted up front.

Also note that most large ETFs (i.e. GLD or SLV) only allow “Authorized Participants” to take physical delivery of bullion from a fund. Essentially these participants are only the largest approved commercial banks, billionaire institutional investors, institutional hedge funds etc.

In other words, most retail investors cannot take physical delivery of any ETF mentioned below. For most, only some ‘approved’ or ‘authorized’ financial insiders can redeem physical bullion from the world’s largest silver and gold ETFs. Choose accordingly.

Gold ETFs vs Direct Gold Bullion Storage

Vehicle Total Annual Fees Specific Coins / Bars Allocated? Visitation Permitted? Home Delivery Possible?
Direct Gold Bullion Storage Can be less than 0.20% Yes fully allocated and segregated for each owner Yes Yes
GLD >0.40% No, only large Industrial bars No No, only "Authorized Perticipants"
IAU >0.25% No, only large Industrial bars No No, only "Authorized Perticipants"
SGOL >0.39% No, only large Industrial bars No No, only "Authorized Perticipants"
PHYS >0.35% No, only large Industrial bars No Yes, minimum 400 oz

Silver ETFs vs Direct Silver Bullion Storage

Investment Vehicle Annual Fees Specific Coins or Bars Allocated? Visitation Permitted? Home Delivery Possible?
Direct Silver Bullion Storage Can be less than 0.20% Yes fully allocated and segregated for each owner Yes Yes
SLV >0.50% No, only large Industrial bars No No, only "Authorized Perticipants"
SIVR >0.45% No, only large Industrial bars No No, only "Authorized Perticipants"
PSLV >0.45% No, only large Industrial bars No Yes, minumum 10,000 oz
ZKB >0.60% No, only large Industrial bars No Yes, 30 killogram minimum with an approximate 9.2% delivery, redemption commission, plus any VAT applied

Why Direct Bullion Storage Through SD Bullion is Your Best & Safest Option

COMPLETE SECURITY - all physical precious metal storage options offered here through SD Bullion are 100% fully insured with proven secure logistics professional directly servicing customer’s bullion storage accounts.

FULLY SEGREGATED - from bullion dealer middlemen and financial market traders. The physical bullion products you buy and deliver to your direct bullion storage account are always allocated in your name or title, and segregated from all other bullion account holder holdings. What you ship in is exactly what you can get delivered or shipped out only upon your explicit request.

TAKE DELIVERY ANYTIME - you always have the option to take delivery of physical precious metals held within your direct bullion account.

ADD BULLION YOU HAVE AT HOME - once you have set up your bullion storage account, you are free to add physical precious metals either stored elsewhere (either bullion from home or other less secure depository services with too many middlemen).

OUTSIDE THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM - the secure logistics custodians we work with are not in the bullion trading business and thus conflicts of interest are kept at a minimum. Unlike banks, private secure logistics bullion storage service providers don’t have limited hours or bank holidays.

EASY TO OPEN - starting your bullion storage account through SD Bullion is simple. Call our trading desk to get the process started and allow our experienced traders to fully answer any questions you may have.

EASY SELLING - selling physical precious metals from your direct bullion account is simple. Please consider us when searching for a quality offer or bid price on the bullion you are selling. After you have found a trustworthy counterparty to sell your bullion to, lock in your bid price, and then have your direct depository professionals ship the sold precious metals to the purchasing trusted counterparty.

VERY AFFORDABLE - the yearly price to store as little as $30,000 USD in gold and silver bullion with many of the ETF management fees especially when one considers the myriad counterparty risks associated with ETFs or overly large bullion holdings at home uninsured vs direct fully-insured bullion vaulting with professional secure logistics providers.

PAY FOR STORAGE IN FIAT CURRENCY - you can choose to so on a quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis. All storage rates for direct bullion storage accounts you can acquire through SD Bullion are explicitly written on this page.

How to Start?

Your Direct Bullion Storage Account(s)

Simply contact our team here at SD Bullion for instructions.

We can be reached by phone at 1.800.294.8732 (USA / Canada) or internationally at 1.614.300.1094 (internationally).

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