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If you are not already familiar with what a “self directed IRA” is (self directed individual retirement account), here is a quick explanation to get you started:
Self Directed IRA
A Self Directed Individual Retirement Account (SDIRA) is an IRA that requires the account owner to make investment decisions and investments on behalf of their retirement plan. The IRS requires that a custodian or a qualified trustee holds these assets for the IRA owner. Self directed IRA accounts can be held in a variety of assets including traditional investments of stocks, bonds and mutual funds, as well as other IRS-permitted investments. These permitted investment options include real estate (both domestic and foreign), private equity, tax liens, franchises and mortgages. A self directed IRA allows more investment choices. In most circumstances, the custodian/trustee maintains the assets and the records pertaining to all the self directed IRA transactions. They will issue account statements, file the required IRS reports, are an adviser to the owner on regulations pertaining to these transactions, and they perform the administrative work on behalf of the owner of the self-directed IRA for the life of the account.