Growing Your Retirement by Investing in What You Know Best: Getting Back to the Basics

Estimated reading time: 3 minutesLast updated on: November 26, 2021

Building wealth and saving enough for retirement can get overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Most people think that they can only invest in publicly traded investments like stock, bonds, mutual funds, and CDs… but that isn’t true at all. With self-directed IRAs, you can diversify your investment portfolio into private assets like real estate, notes, land, oil and gas, and other private entities. The best part? It’s all on your terms. Self-directed IRAs truly allow people to take back control of their retirement savings and invest in assets that make sense to them. 

What is a Self-Directed IRA?

Self-directed IRA custodians make investing fun while putting the control back in your hands. A self-directed IRA is like any other IRA account; the term “self-directed” is just used to describe the type of account it is. The difference between a regular traditional IRA and a truly “self-directed” IRA is the types of assets they hold. With a self-directed IRA, you have the ability to choose from the broadest possible spectrum of investments, including those not traded on a stock exchange. You get to make all the decisions about your financial future. Most people find that they make more money and feel more confident when they are able to invest into things they know and understand. 

What Can an IRA Invest Into?

A self-directed IRA can be used to purchase almost any private asset. Common investments include single family real estate, rehab properties, commercial and multifamily real estate, private loans, performing and non-performing notes, oil and gas, land, startup companies, LLCs, and other private businesses. The list goes on! The rules say that as long as you do not invest into collectibles, like art or cars, and life insurance you are safe. 

What types of accounts can be self-directed?

Every custodian will offer different accounts. At Quest, we offer seven different types of retirement accounts that can be self-directed:

  • Traditional IRA – With the Traditional IRA, your earnings grow tax-deferred. Only pay taxes on your gains when you make withdrawals in retirement.
  • Roth IRA – The Roth IRA is a special retirement account where you have the ability to grow your profits completely tax-free.
  • SEP IRA – This self-directed tax-deferred account can be great for self-employed individuals, allowing a tax deduction for contributions made to a SEP IRA.
  • Simple IRA – A SIMPLE IRA is an employer-sponsored retirement plan designed specifically for small businesses, giving employees and employers a simple way to contribute and grow this account.
  • HSA – Get the best of both worlds with an HSA, with the ability to get tax-deductions on contributions and tax-free distributions for qualified medical expenses.
  • ESA – Education isn’t cheap, but with a Coverdell ESA you can earn tax-free distributions on countless qualified educational expenses as you self-directed this account.
  • Solo 401k – With the extra benefits that come with this account, like checkbook control and more freedoms, many people are eager to learn how to get started – just make sure you qualify.

Self-direction can be a great option for those looking to take more control of their financial future. If you are interested in learning more about self-directed IRAs or would like to get started, schedule a free consultation with an IRA specialist today by clicking here!

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