Precious metals

Heavy metal trading

Give your portfolio some real weight

The gold standard. Gold medal performance. Born with a silver spoon. On a silver platter. Precious metals have come to represent solidity, wealth and impeccable taste. As an investment product, they represent diversification and, for many investors, a strategy for hedging against stock market volatility, currency instability, and geo-political risk.

Now you can buy gold and silver in equities margin and registered accounts.

Where are my precious metals held? Can I keep them myself?

Gold and silver is stored at either the Royal Canadian Mint (in the case of pooled storage, where all client metals are held together) or at IDS Canada (where your precious metals are held separated from others). Both storage options allow you to hold precious metals in an equities trading account (including registered accounts such as RRSPs or TFSAs). You can also have your gold and silver shipped to you and do whatever you want with it. Keep it under your pillow, buried in the yard, or use it as a paperweight. It’s yours after all.

How do I trade precious metals?

To trade your gold or silver stored at the Royal Canadian Mint, call our trade desk. For gold or silver stored at IDS Canada, contact your precious metal dealer (PMD) to place a trade.


Seriously, am I buying actual gold and silver?

Yes. You're not buying a certificate that says you own the value of the precious metal; you’re buying the bullion, the real deal.

What would I be buying exactly?

To buy gold, you can buy a gold bar or a Canadian gold coin. The gold maple leaf coins are the world standard by which the purity of other bullion coins is measured.

If you want to buy silver, you can buy a silver 100oz bar or a Canadian silver coin, which come in a roll of 25-1oz coins.

How pure are the gold and silver bullion?

Gold and silver bullion you buy are guaranteed to be refined to the internationally-accepted standard of .9999 purity, or four nines fine, by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Why is it better to buy precious metal bullion rather than certificates??

By investing directly in physical precious metals, you’re avoiding the management fees associated with certificates and funds.

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