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British Royal Mint Selling & Sorting Gold for Pensions

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The British Royal Mint is looking to sell more of its gold reserves in the form of gold bars for pension funds for the first time. They are charging 1% to store it and then they want VAT tax on top of it all. They are selling 100 g or 1 kg bars. The problem, of course, is government historically can just arbitrarily change the law and there is nothing you can do about it. They are advising people to place up to 5% of their pension in gold, but this should be tax exempt.