In what I describe as an anti-Black Friday sale, Goldmoney announced on the 29th of November a new $10 per month minimum storage fee.
This goes into effect on 1 January 2020.
Goldmoney (formerly BitGold) already had storage fees, but they were proportional. Now, smaller accounts might not make financial sense anymore.
I’ve determined that Goldmoney doesn’t make sense for me anymore.
Goldmoney Fees are Too Darn High
It is always important to understand the fees a financial services company charges, and Goldmoney has plenty. There is a 0.5% gold buy/sell fee and a $20 wire transfer fee for withdrawals (funding can be free with EFT).
Storage fees vary by location and the lowest cost locations are .01% per month (London, Hong Kong, Zurich, Singapore).
However, this new a $10 per month minimum fee is a killer. In order to pay just .01% per month, you’d need to have at least $100,000 in gold stored.
As a simple example, $10 per month fee on $120 worth of stored gold would be equal to the value of the gold stored after just one year.
Some other considerations, which in my view don’t help enough, are that Goldmoney does offset the minimum fee with commissions paid and the accounts are insured.
However, your homeowners insurance or renters insurance might cover your safe deposit box as well.
If you have a larger account, insurance is important to you, or conduct a lot of transactions, Goldmoney might make sense.
Goldmoney Doesn’t Make Sense for Smaller Accounts
I was previously an advocate of this low cost way to store physical precious metals around the world. With this new development in fees I have decided to withdraw my endorsement of Goldmoney.
Because of the smaller amount of Gold I have with Goldmoney, I’ve elected to sell all my gold in their custody. At this time I have no intention of doing business with Goldmoney again.
The insurance is an important consideration, however, a safety deposit box or other secure location is going to be much more cost effective for the small investor.