Investments in a self-directed IRA can include a variety of options, such as real estate, precious metals, mortgages, or private equity, as long as the investments don't violate tax rules. An IRA investor cannot use the self-directed IRA for personal gain. For example, rental income from an IRA-owned investment property must be deposited in the IRA account and not in a personal account. All income from IRA assets must be returned to the IRA.
You can invest in a variety of assets in your self-directed IRA, but two asset classes are prohibited. You cannot have life insurance or collectibles in any type of IRA. Some self-directed IRA providers to research include UDirect, Rocket Dollar, Equity Trust, IRA Financial, Alto IRA, STRATA Trust Company and Entrust Group. The checking IRA account is actually a checking account of a limited liability company (LLC) that is funded by its self-directed IRA.
If you have an investment plan that a traditional IRA doesn't support, a self-directed IRA may be your solution. While not prohibited on the IRA side, there are other types of investments that an IRA cannot participate in.