Self Directed IRA

Self Directed IRA

What Is a Self-Directed IRA?

A self-directed IRA is like any traditional IRA or a Roth IRA. The retirement account is designed to provide tax advantages, and you must follow IRS rules and guidelines covering eligibility and contribution limits.

The difference between a traditional and self-directed IRA lies in the type of investments you can hold in the retirement account. While a traditional IRA or Roth IRA might be used to invest in stocks, bonds, bank CDs, ETF, or mutual funds, a self-directed IRA can be invested in many other alternate assets classes. For example, funds in a self-directed IRA might be used for a wide variety of investment assets such as:

  • Real estate
  • Land
  • Gold, silver and other precious metals
  • Digital assets such as cryptocurrency

A key differentiator to be aware of is that a self-directed IRA is not a something that you manage completely on your own. You’ll need a custodian or trustee to administer the account. The self-directed IRA investor will have to take on the responsibility to evaluate an asset such as real estate, and carry out due diligence and direct the investment.

Want Better Returns on Your Retirement and Investment Assets?

Similar to a Traditional IRA, all investments are either tax-deferred or tax-exempt with a self-directed IRA. Tax-deferral essentially means you do not have to pay taxes immediately. You can pay at a later date, and allow the investment to grow until you take a qualified distribution.


The benefit to passive self-directed investing is not having to watch the stock market. Protect the value of your dollars with the ability to hedge against inflation.

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