Self Directed IRA
An IRA that requires the account owner to make investment decisions and investments on behalf of the retirement plans. IRS regulations require that either a qualified trustee or custodian hold the IRA assets on behalf of the IRA owner. Generally the trustee/custodian will maintain the assets and all transactions and other records pertaining to them, file required IRS reports, issue client statements, assist in helping clients understanding the rules and regulations pertaining to certain prohibited transactions and perform other administrative duties on behalf of the Self-Directed IRA owner for the life of the IRA account. Self-Directed IRA accounts are typically not limited to a select group of asset types (e.g., stocks, bonds, and mutual funds), and most truly Self-Directed IRA custodians will permit their clients to engage in investments in most, if not all, of the IRS permitted investment types (an almost unlimited array of possibilities including foreign real estate). Some of the additional investment options permitted under the regulations include, but are not limited to, real estate, stocks, mortgages, franchises, partnerships, private equity and tax liens.