About Us ~ FAQ’s

“You have to choose [as a voter] between trusting the natural stability of gold and the natural stability and intelligence of the members of the government. And with due respect to these gentlemen, I advise you, as long as the capitalist system lasts, to vote for gold. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

~ Welcome to Kettle Moraine Precious Metals ~

piles_o_gold_02As the continuing upheaval in the American financial markets have shown, the paper economies of the world are proving to be incredibly fragile – and the dollar is proving not to be immune. If you don’t believe it – keep your eyes on the daily market headline. With the current roller-coaster ride 20070922_1190492809_age_rollbeing provided by Wall St. and the disaster in the sub-prime mortgage markets, which affected the entire building and real estate markets in 2008 – we may be on the brink of the next global depression.

Since the introduction of the Euro as a legal-tender currency in January 2002 – the US dollar has lost in excess of 60% of it’s value, while gold has increased in excess of five-fold – and future increase will once again take place. What does the future hold for the dollar with the continued talk of the formation, of a North American Union and the introduction of the rumored global currency (Crypto-Currencies? Cashless Society?)?

The historical importance of owning gold coins is well known throughout the world and the greatest opportunity for diversification exists today by adding historical, collectible gold and silver coins to your physical holdings. This may be the most affordable “wealth insurance” you’ll ever own and Kettle Moraine Precious Metals offers one of the largest selections of coinage in the world, with a vast selection of American and International issues, which affords you the opportunity to acquire a wonderfully diversified holding of quality gold, silver and platinum coins at exceptional value.

Goldqt3Although having gained in value sharply over the past few years – and subsequently dropping off – with gold – and silver at today’s levels, the opportunity is within your grasp and remains a great value in your quest to protect your future with the ownership of precious metals. Whether you choose to acquire silver for everyday use in the uncertain economy of the day, or just wish to hold the security of gold & silver to provide for the future of your loved ones, or interest lies with our International Collection, or the highly sought after American dream coins, certified by the experts – we can fulfill your needs, as Kettle Moraine Precious Metals offers the most private, non-confiscable gold and silver coins in the world – at competitive cost, and in the strictest of privacy – and we take personal pride in putting your interests ahead of all else. After all – it’s your money!

Consider the examples contained within our gallery and contact us for a private consultation by calling 623 – 327 – 1778 for the truth about Protecting Your Wealth! Whatever your reasons for purchasing precious metals – we will be proud to serve your needs. … and while you’re at it, for an alternative view on investing in your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) visit our Golden IRA section of this website.

bennett_0608Please allow me to introduce myself; I am Jeffrey Bennett, President of Kettle Moraine, Ltd., the parent of Kettle Moraine Precious Metals.

I have been married for 47 years with two children and two three grand-children, a veteran of Viet Nam, student of history (both American and film), and was host for fifteen years of Perspectives on America on the alternative airwaves, covering such subjects as, health and wellness, news, political satire, education and editorial commentary on current events through the teaching of history, and Protecting Your Wealth. In early 2018, I took a several month hiatus to complete some family business but returned to airwaves April 17, 2018).

At the age of ten, I sat in a bank-vault in the Citizens Bank of Mukwanago, Wisconsin with my grandfather going through bags of old American Peace dollars, hand-selecting each coin as dated rolls of 20 coins were carefully put together and rolled. Learning of the history of these beautiful pieces of Americana, I asked my grand-father, “Why are we doing this?” to which he replied, “Because someday they are going to do the same thing with the silver in our money that, that (S.O.B.) Roosevelt did with gold in 1933.” It took only six-years for his prediction to come to pass at the hands of a disciple of Roosevelt’s… and what will a Federal Reserve ‘dollar’ purchase today – and what will that old 90% Silver Peace Dollar purchase?

CBofMukwanagoAlthough at the age of ten, there was little understanding of the meaning of it all, over the next half-century I became well-versed on the subject matter. During this summer of my education, I began to purchase silver coins as a collector and some small, international gold coins two years later – not an easy feat in the shadow of the Roosevelt confiscatory policies of 1933. Although those policies remained in effect until the mid-1970’s, it was not until 1991 that I found that one could make a living providing precious metals and collectible, historic numismatic coins to a willing and concerned clientele.

It was also during that year, that I began a relationship with one of the first Trust companies to give the public access to gold and silver as part of an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) – and Kettle Moraine, Ltd., founded in 1995, is still assisting clients with this little-known investment vehicle. The program has grown, the list of acceptable products which can be included in your asset holdings has also grown – immensely – BUT – BEWARE!

Kettle Moraine Ltd. has specialized in the Golden IRA program for over a quarter century and, although I have worked with other Trust companies, I have found the personnel at Gold Star Trust Co. and its predecessor to be professional, courteous, and helpful – all to the benefit of our clientele.

In November 2011, after a 15 month broadcast on another network, I returned to the airwaves with my newly revamped program, Life, Liberty & All That Jazz!, and am proud to serve the family of listeners of the The Micro Effect Broadcasting Network to supply the needs of their listeners, for physically-held precious metals for investors and collectors alike. In August of 2017, after a nearly three-year hiatus, I once again re-joined the Republic Broadcasting Network each Tuesday and Thursday evening for one hour at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) for an hour of ‘Protecting Your Wealth’ – a specialized segment of The National Intel Report.

Don’t buy the sizzle of that steak until you understand the cost! In other words, don’t buy the bull being dispensed by the ‘rare coin’ pitchmen until you understand the full story. We, at Kettle Moraine Precious Metals, will be proud to serve your needs.

~ Frequently Asked Questions ~

Question: Why does gold and silver make sense in your retirement plan?

Answer: As the ultimate long-term store of value, gold and silver coins and bullion may very well be the ultimate retirement asset. Among the primary asset classes most often used in retirement planning – stocks, bonds, annuities and savings accounts – the tangible king of metals stands out as the only one that does not rely on the performance of another individual or institution for value. Charles DeGaulle, the famous French president, once said, “gold has no nationality and is eternally and universally accepted as the unalterable fiduciary value par excellence.

What better way to save for retirement than with the ultimate savings vehicle – precious metals. No one ever went broke holding gold or silver. The same cannot be said of paper assets. We invite you to establish your gold retirement plan through Kettle Moraine, Ltd. (KML)

Question: Could you list the type of precious metals products that qualify for this program?

Answer: See our page, ‘IRA Eligible Products‘ for current listing.

Question: Could you walk us through the process of how an investor would open a precious metals IRA account?

Answer: There are really three phases to getting precious-metals into an IRA. These are:

1. Establishing the IRA Account.

2. Funding the IRA with cash.

3. Investing the IRA funds in precious metals.

First, the IRA must be established at a financial institution that is willing to make an investment for the customer in eligible precious metals.

Secondly, the IRA must be funded by an annual contribution, a transfer or a rollover. KML will provide you with the forms necessary to open the account, as well as forms to effect a transfer or rollover.

Finally, Upon notification to KML by your IRA Custodian that your account has been fully funded, the customer then instructs his/her precious metals dealer representative to purchase the precious metals selection of choice. Once  the purchase (through KML) has been made, the metals are shipped to one of the designated and approved depositories.

Question: What if the investor already has an IRA account?

Answer: An existing IRA may be used to invest in gold, silver, platinum, and/or palladium – provided the IRA Trustee or Custodian will allow the investment and will agree to store the metals. Usually a Self-Directed account is required. In this type of account, the customer gets to select the investments, rather than just taking whatever the IRA Trustee is selling. Most banks, mutual funds and other types of institutions that sell a financial product will not allow the customer to direct the investments, beyond choosing among the offerings of the institution.

Gold Star Trust Co. does not sell any products, and acts strictly as Custodian for Self-Directed IRA accounts. Customers may direct investments in gold, silver, platinum and/or palladium, CDs, stocks, bonds, U.S. Government securities, notes, and several other types of investments.

Question: What is Gold Star Trust’s role in this type of IRA?

Answer: GST serves as Custodian for Self-Directed IRA accounts. They have no investment authority for the accounts, and work strictly from instructions given by the customer. In a precious metals IRA, GST invests in metals as directed by the customer, hold the investments, send semi-annual statements to the customer, and file the required reports to the IRS. GST does not give or receive any compensation to or from the precious metals dealers, and we do not sell our customer lists.

GST does not provide financial or tax planning advice, but they can assist with compliance with IRA rules and regulations. Of course, investors should always work with appropriate legal and tax advisers to manage their IRA investments.

Question: Where are the metals physically stored?

Answer: GST currently utilizes the Depository facilities of the Delaware Depository Service Company of Wilmington, Delaware for storage of precious metals and is recognized worldwide among these services. In April of 2012, GST announced the addition of the DiamondState Depository of New Castle, Delaware as a secondary choice for storage of your precious metals assets, and there is also a third facility located on the West Coast of the United States..

CALL Kettle Moraine, Ltd. at 1-623-327-1778 for further details.

Question: How do investors sell their metal when they are ready to take distribution?

Answer: Again, there is often confusion regarding selling assets and taking distributions. Assets may be sold by the IRA (through Kettle Moraine, Ltd. as your designated precious metals brokerage) at any time, regardless of whether a distribution is planned. Likewise, a distribution may be taken regardless of whether or not assets are sold.

When an asset is sold, GST simply holds the cash in the IRA until the customer directs another investment or requests a distribution. Selling precious metals works the same way as purchasing. The customer gives written instructions to GST regarding what to sell, at what price and through which dealer. GST makes the sale, and waits for further instructions.

When customers take a distribution from their IRA through GST, they have two choices; The assets in the account may be liquidated and distributed in cash, or they may be withdrawn “in kind,” which means the actual asset itself is sent to the investor. This allows the investor to decide if it is better to sell at the current market price, or take a distribution in kind and sell at a later date, outside of the IRA. The amount reported to the IRS as a distribution is the cash amount distributed, or the fair market value of the asset taken in kind. Of course, the customer may not wish to take the entire account balance all at once. A Required Minimum Distribution for a person over age 70 will only be a portion of the total account value, so it may be that the customer will take a cash distribution in some years and in other years, take a distribution in kind.

Question: What are the advantages to investors in this type of IRA? What are the costs?

Answer: A Self-Directed IRA with GST has several advantages. They are one of the few financial institutions in the country to handle precious metals accounts, which allows investors to hold hard assets in their IRAs. However, since GST also allows many other types of investments, customers can have one IRA account, with one consolidated statement showing all investments.

Currently, a precious metals IRA at GST will cost about $225.00 the first year, comprising of a $25.00 account setup fee, a minimum $60.00 annual account maintenance fee, a minimum $100.00 annual fee for storage, and a $40.00 transaction fee for the purchase of metals. The annual administration fee for an IRA at ACT is eight-hundredths of 1% (.0008) of the asset value of the account, with a $60 minimum and a $250 maximum.

Any charges, fees or commissions on investments directed by the customer will be charged to the account. Maintenance Fees are assessed annually on the anniversary date in which your account is opened. Storage Fees are assessed annually in the month Delaware Depository first received notification of the metals to be purchased.

Question: What types of IRA accounts qualify for inclusion of precious metals?

Answer: GST offers the following types of IRA accounts:

Traditional – May be fully or partly deductible, depending on income and participation in employer sponsored pension plan. Tax deferred growth, but distributions are taxable.

Roth – Never deductible. For contribution limits, click here Tax-free growth, qualified distributions not taxable.

SEP – Simplified Employee Pension plan. Generally has the same requirements as a Traditional IRA, but contribution limits are higher – 25% of total compensation up to $40,000 per year.

Simple – Generally has the same requirements as a Traditional IRA, but contribution limits are higher – up to $10,000 per year, plus employer contributions.

Question: What are the advantages to dealers in recommending this type of IRA?

Answer: There are several advantages to precious metals dealers who recommend this type of IRA to their customers. Perhaps the greatest is the fact that the average person has much more money available for investment in his/her IRA than in a checking account.

The past several years have seen a large number of people laid off or given early retirement as corporations cut back or “downsize” their operations. There are billions of dollars in retirement accounts that may be eligible for rollover to IRA accounts. GST is in the IRA business, so the dealer doesn’t have to be. Once the dealer determines that the customer has funds available for investment in an IRA or other retirement plan, he can simply supply the GST toll-free phone number and wait for the paperwork to be completed. Payment to the dealer is usually made by wire the day after the assets are delivered into the hands of the storage facility.

Finally, the staff at Gold Star Trust Co. are knowledgeable, courteous, efficient and friendly, and are always ready to answer a question or help a dealer solve a problem.

NOTE: Kettle Moraine, Ltd. sets itself apart from all others “providing” Precious Metals IRA’s. To find out HOW – and WHY – Click HERE.

~ Establishing Your Golden IRA ~
Investors wanting to discuss establishing an IRA through KML are encouraged to call 1-623-327-1778. If, after getting your questions answered, you choose to proceed, your KML representative will assist you in completing the necessary paperwork, which includes an application and other necessary forms. KML will then submit to you the completed package awaiting your signature.

You may contact us by phone at 1-623-327-1778 or via email through this web-site. A representative of KML will contact you upon receipt of your basic information for a more detailed overview of your specific needs.

Once the account is established and funded, you may direct Gold Star Trust Company, through Kettle Moraine, Ltd. to purchase and hold the precious metals of your choice in your IRA.

Always contact your dealer with questions about your precious metals, and contact GST with questions about your IRA – although history has proven that KML will go the extra 1000 miles to insure a smooth transition for you – our clients.

Jeffrey Bennett, President

For more information on how you can balance your IRA with precious metals and how to establish the Self-Directed Golden IRA, simply email us at gold@kettlemorainepreciousmetals.com or call Kettle Moraine, Ltd., at 1-623-327-1778 and get started funding your IRA with gold, silver and platinum for your security and peace of mind. Experience the long term growth and insurance provisions of precious metals that thousands of our clients have been the beneficiaries of for over two decades.

Kettle Moraine, Ltd.
P.O. Box 579
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340