Self-directed IRAs give investors great control over their retirement funds and investing decisions. These plans can use alternative investments like real estate and private equity to create diversity and build retirement wealth.
A self-directed IRA functions like a traditional or Roth IRA, which means it allows you to save for retirement on a tax-advantaged basis and has the same IRA contribution limits. The difference between self-directed and other IRAs is to access alternative investing options outside stocks and bonds to open a new world of high-yielding returns.
Key Points in Comparing Self-Directed IRAs to conventional IRAs:
Self-directed IRA investments are not limited to stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.
Self-directed IRAs can invest in a large pool of alternative assets not available in brokerage IRA accounts.
Access to higher performing returns.
Should You Self-Direct Your IRA or 401K?
➜ Additional Investment Capital: Think of being ready to be a part of that next deal because you have the personal funds to invest, using your retirement plan funds to invest in different assets and earn tax-sheltered income to support your retirement.
➜ Retirement Funds and Control of Decisions: Self-direction allows you to be an active investor. You have investments personally aligned to know and understand with a professional channel to increase your odds of success.
Alternative Investing to Create Much Needed Diversity
How to Get Started: A couple of Ways
Open a new self-directed IRA using a custodian for your account to streamline asset allocation and management
Roll existing funds into your new retirement account
Align SDIRA assets to funds and alternative investments
Form a new LLC that the new IRA owns (that has a specially drafted compliant operating agreement)
Move all IRA funds into your LLC’s bank account via IRA custodian
Issue LLC membership interest certificate to your IRA
Start investing through the LLC to access alternative investments