Self-directed IRAs are becoming more popular than ever as people want greater control and a wider variety of choices than are typically offered in a traditional brokerage account. These choices are categorized as Alternative Investments, and they cover a wide range of investment opportunities. Precious Metals (primarily gold and silver) have always been a popular addition to help balance and diversify an investor’s portfolio. The recent drop in precious metals prices ignited record sales for physical gold and silver products. Let’s examine the many reasons that an investor might include precious metals in their Entrust IRA.