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Other IRA Investments


Alternative assets lie outside of the stock market and bring balance and diversity to your retirement portfolio.


Combine your retirement account tax advantages with alternative asset returns.


Invest in a market that is familiar to you. Put your knowledge and experience to work for the benefit of your IRA’s growth.

Introduction to Alternative IRA Investments

  • An IRA holder’s private knowledge and investment experience can be used for the benefit of their IRA.
  • In fact, almost any investment that makes money outside of an IRA can also be used to make money inside an IRA. 
  • Many investors have a personal agenda when it comes to choosing assets.
    • For example, some account holders favor “green” investments.
    • Other individuals choose to invest in local opportunities.
  • As long as the asset acquisition is a real economic transaction intended to make money for the IRA, the IRS will allow you to exercise your own agenda when selecting an investment.
  • Advocate for a cause, pursue your passions, and enlist your expertise to invest in alternative assets.
  • Investors can support local economic growth and development, and follow the beat of their own drum when choosing alternative assets.

What Your Self-Directed IRA Can Buy

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Invest Locally or Regionally

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Forward a Social Agenda

Self-Directed IRA Educational Videos

Introduction to Self-Directed IRA Investing Webinar

If you’re just getting familiar with self-directed retirement investing, this is a great video to get started. Learn the fundamental IRS rules surrounding disqualified persons, prohibited transactions, and partnering options. Launch into an overview of the most common alternative investments including: real estate, precious metals, private equity, private lending and more.

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Learn the secret to alternative asset investing with tax advantages


Surprising account types that can be self-directed to buy alternative assets


Five most valuable investment tips for self-directed IRAs


Straight talk about the types of alternative assets your IRA can buy


Four powerful strategies for IRAs that have a small cash balance


Use IRS rules to limit the taxes you pay


Free your retirement account from Wall Street volatility


Learn little-known distribution strategies and considerations, and more!

More About Other Investments

Possible Alternative Assets and Returns

Asset How Does My IRA Make Money?
Data Set Rental income from set
Trees Sale amount at harvest
Green Company Dividends or increased value of ownership
Road Grader Rent to construction company/government/private owners
Discounted Note Payments made after acquisition
Mineral Rights Receive royalties from drilling company

If you have specialized knowledge about a field, you can put it to use with your IRA funds! Examples include:

  • Golf Course
  • Hardwood Trees
  • High Rate Auto Paper
  • Freight Truck Fleet
  • Alternative Investment Fund
  • Tractor
  • Race Horses
  • Seismic Data Set
  • Sugar
  • Mineral Rights

What are the Benefits of Choosing Assets that Utilize Your Personal Expertise?

  • Allows you to use your hard-earned expertise in a tax-advantaged environment
  • Because you have experience with and understand the asset, you will have a better sense of how the asset will perform
  • Allows diversification of your retirement account
  • You have strategic control over the assets that your IRA owns
  • Your personal values can guide your investments

Alternative Assets in an IRA - Important Things To Know

  • The IRA is the owner of the assets, not the IRA holder. Therefore, acquisition and maintenance costs come from the IRA, and proceeds go back into the IRA.
  • All legal documents related to an IRA-owned asset must be in the name of the IRA, not your personal name. 
  • Disqualified persons rules apply to all IRA held assets.
  • The IRA holder may not derive an income from the IRA’s assets.
  • The IRA holder can provide direction and strategy for IRA assets but cannot provide “sweat equity.”
  • If an IRA invests in an ongoing business, Unrelated Business Income Tax may need to be addressed by the IRA.

Its Easy to Invest for Retirement With an IRA

Step 1 Open an IRA with New Direction IRA.

Step 2 Put money in the IRA by rolling money over from an old 401(k), transferring from another IRA, and/or making a contribution.

Step 3 Buy real estate, precious metals, private equity, loans, and more!