A notable and highly respected precious metals dealer based in Burbank, CA, Regal Assets (RA) purveys a wide variety of gold, silver, palladium and platinum numismatics and bars as well as precious metals IRAs. While their collectible coin catalog may not be as extensive as other vendors, RA’s carefully selected product offerings are readily available to the consumer. This availability allows RA to make their seven day delivery guarantee to their clients, which is far and away a much shorter interval than any of their competitors offer.
In business for over 50 years, RA built its reputation as an industry leader by providing assiduous customer service and very competitive commission rates. They supply the prospective customer a free gold investing kit which includes informative documentation on buying and selling precious metals. They also discuss how a precious metals IRA can protect the investor against the onslaught of inflation, a retiree’s worst enemy. RA even tenders a coupon for free FedEx shipping applicable to the customer’s next order.
Scanning the internet one finds site after website praising RA for their business practices. Time and again they’re recommended over their competitors. In addition to assisting customers build a sound investment portfolio, RA provides management services that safeguards the customer’s investment and maximizes profits. Other precious metals vendors seem to be more concerned with peddling products by using pressure sales tactics that benefit the company more than the customer. Baupost Group founder Seth Klarman says that RA account representatives “possess a sort of relaxed confidence” – another indication of the poise and knowledge RA imparts to their clients.
RA’s bona fides are further bolstered by its affiliation with several trade groups. They are a member of the following organizations: the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS), the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), the Numismatic Conservation Service (NCS), the Paper Money Guaranty Corporation (PMG) and the Certified Coin Exchange (CCE). All are recognized and respected authorities in the precious metals industry.
As indicative of their trustworthy and ethical business practices Regal Assets is an “Accredited Business” with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Currently the BBB is updating all files on business in southern California but previously RA secured the highest available rating of “A+.” There have been but two cases brought against RA in the past three years and all were resolved promptly and favorably. RA is also a “Preferred Member” of TrustLink and has a 5 star rating (again, the highest available) based on 184 reviews dating back over three years. There are only a handful of three star reviews (and all except for one read like five star raves). The Business Consumer Alliance (BCA) of southern California gives RA their highest “AAA” rating, “an exemplary rating (with nothing) to have any doubt about the company’s reliability.” Insider Pages has nine reviews on RA, all giving five star ratings. RA was awarded the 2012 ‘Best in Burbank Award in Financial Advisory Services. Finally, the website Ripoff Report has no reports regarding RA since the inception of the website in 1998.
When investing at least $10K with RA they waive all setup, administration, 401k rollover and storage fees, thereby saving the client hundreds of dollars that other companies routinely charge. The company’s professional advisors can also lead the investor through the process of correctly rolling over one’s 401k and legally not pay any penalty taxes for switching an existing 401k or IRA into precious metals. RA has several investment/retirement packages starting at $2,500 that can safeguard emergency cash for families or build wealth to be used for one’s retirement years. Each investor has different needs so RA customizes its approach to tailor an investment package that best suits the needs of the individual. Company representatives are available by phone Monday through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm PST at 855-637-2821. They also provide a grace period of 48 hours for clients to fund their cash delivery orders and longer for IRA accounts. Forms of payment accepted are personal check, cashier’s check, money order or bank wire. Large purchases are delivered by Brinks with armed personnel for added security; otherwise, insured shipping is delivered via USPS, UPS and FedEx. Should the need arise clients have reported that RA buys back products at spot price, a practice unheard of among its competitors.
For what it’s worth, RA has a list of celebrities – Alan Thicke, Dennis Miller, Lars Larson, Laura Ingraham and Jerry Doyle – who enthusiastically advocate the company without employing the scare tactics Glenn Beck and Marc Levine use when endorsing their sponsors. RA has also publicly supported California attorney Sandra Fluke by dropping all advertising on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show. RA CEO Tyler Gallagher said in a statement, “Regal Assets has built its name on ethics, integrity and doing right by the client, and the slanderous, disrespectful comments made by Limbaugh do not reflect the values and spirit of our company. This recent scandal will be used as an opportunity to be more alert and aware about current and future shows Regal Assets is supporting.”
The only negative reference to be found thus far on RA concerns a UK based competitor in Blackpool, Lancashire who claims that RA has infringed upon intellectual property rights by illegally appropriating copyrighted images of coins, namely the 1963 Elizabeth II gold sovereign. It so happens that the writer of this article is acquainted with a Blackpool City Councillor who has kindly offered to inquire among local law enforcement as to the history and reputation of the accusing party. The councillor provided the address of a blog site which details a large number of complaints against the accuser. Look for an update when this information is available.