Self-Directed IRA - SDIRA


DEFINITION of 'Self-Directed IRA - SDIRA'

A retirement account in which the individual investor is in charge of making all investment decisions. The self-directed IRA provides the investor with greater opportunity for asset diversification outside of the traditional stocks bonds and mutual funds, as real estate, private tax liens and notes can be purchased. All securities and investments are held in an account administered by a custodian or trustee.


Some investment types, such as life insurance, are still not permitted in an IRA. In addition, investments cannot be employed for personal use or gain. For example, an investor cannot hold real estate that is personally used in a self-directed IRA. It is the responsibility of the investor to comply with all IRS regulations.

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    To include real estate in an IRA investment account, certain criteria have to be met. There are regulations regarding what ... Read Full Answer >>
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    Commodity investments refer to securities based around goods such as grain, beef, oil, gold and silver. There are many ways ... Read Full Answer >>
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    The main advantages of a self-directed IRA are the investment options and the flexibility an investor has in how to manage ... Read Full Answer >>
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    Individual retirement accounts are restricted savings accounts intended to provide a source of income for retirement. Contributions ... Read Full Answer >>
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