What is a Self-Directed IRA?

Whether it’s a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA, a Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA), gives you all the tax advantages of an IRA with the freedom and flexibility of a wider array of investment instruments. The opportunity to take control of your financial future with greater asset diversification is one reason to invest in a self-directed IRA.

  • Regular IRAs allow investments in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, and CDs. 
  • With a self-directed IRA, your investment options increase to include real estate, tax lien certificates, private market securities, promissory notes, and other investment opportunities. 
  • Building wealth with the tax advantages of an IRA while diversifying your retirement investment fund allows you to seek higher returns than a regular IRA. 
  • Higher yields and less volatility are another advantage of an SDIRA.

There are restrictions on what is permissible within IRS guidelines for an SDIRA. 

  • For example, you cannot borrow money from your SDIRA, sell the property to it, or enter into deals with relatives for it. 
  • You should also know that your IRA custodian cannot provide investment advice. 
  • Your IRA custodian can and should advise you of all prohibited transactions for your SDIRA.

The annual contribution limits are the same as a regular IRA: for those below the age of 50, $6000, and those older than 50, $7000. With the current and future problems with pensions, health care, Social Security, and other government programs, it is more important than ever to have a solid foundation for your financial future.

Quest Trust Company IRA Specialists can answer your questions about an SDIRA. Consider the benefits of an SDIRA with Quest Trust Company as your custodian: 

  • While most companies have only one option for your SDIRA, Quest Trust Company offers seven. 
  • Quest, there is no minimum cash balance. 
  • Transaction processing can exceed over two weeks with some companies; Quest processes transactions within 24-48 hours.

Quest offers the following for FREE (Other companies charge a fee for all of the following items):

  1. Expedited Services
  2. Processing Incoming Wires
  3. Processing Incoming Checks
  4. Roth Conversions
  5. Re-Characterizations
  6. Change Account Type Fee
  7. Certified Mail Fee
  8. Paper Statement Fee
  9. Distribution Processing
  10. Required Minimum Cash Balance (No minimum cash balance)

Contact a Quest IRA Specialist today! And discover how a self-directed IRA will fit into your retirement investment strategy. At Quest Trust Company, we help you take control of your retirement. 

Important factors to consider when selecting an IRA custodian

There are different types of IRA accounts, for instance, Traditional IRA, Roth IRA, and SEP IRA. However, all IRAs have something in common. According to the Internal Revenue Service, all must have a custodian.

Who is an IRA custodian?

An IRA custodian refers to a financial institution that is responsible for holding account investments. The custodian ensures investment accounts are safely handled, and both the government and IRS regulations are followed.

There are numerous custodians in the market. While they are not hard to find, how do you single out the best IRA custodian for you? Here are essential factors to consider:

  1. Available investment options

  • Always choose a custodian with a wide range of investment options.
  • Sometimes your investment needs may go beyond those of an ordinary IRA account. Will your custodian be able to handle that?
  • Your custodian should be someone you are willing to trust with most, if not, all of your investments and financial services.
  1. Charges

  • Fees come in different forms; they could be annual account maintenance charges or commissions on trades.
  • Different custodians charge different prices. Thus, the costs depend on your custodian and account size.
  • Maintenance fees always depend on the custodian. So make sure you ask a potential custodian how much they charge.
  • Some custodians may waive the annual fee for customers whose accounts exceed a specific amount. Or depending on how much you have invested with them.
  • Also consider transaction costs charged when trading stocks, closed-end funds, and ETFs. Some custodians offer lower commissions than others while some impose charges on transactions for mutual fund families. In other cases, your transactions will not include any fees.
  1. Complex transactions

  • Make sure your custodian is well equipped to handle complex transactions.
  • While your account will start with straightforward investing like stock purchases,  with time, your needs may grow and you might seek other investment opportunities.
  • Some investments have complex rules surrounding them. Choosing a custodian without the necessary skills to handle complex transactions may cost you a fortune in terms of penalties and taxes.

Consider the above factors in your search for the right custodian. Remember, your custodian will be in charge of your retirement savings and investments. Contact a Quest IRA Specialist for further guidance to ensure you make the right choice. At Quest Trust Company we help you take control of your retirement.