What is a Self-Directed IRA? Getting Started

Learn everything you need to know before getting started with a Self-Directed IRA.


A self-directed IRA gives you the freedom, flexibility, and choice of how to invest your hard-saved dollars. You can expand and diversify your investment opportunities beyond the stock market into a variety of assets, such as real estate, promissory notes, private placements, and more.

Understanding how these accounts work will help you to maximize your retirement savings, make informed investment choices, and navigate the complex landscape of IRS regulations with confidence. This knowledge empowers you to build a diversified portfolio that can withstand market fluctuations and grow over time, securing your financial future.

This guide covers how to get started as well as:

  • The Basic Rules of SDIRAs
  • Prohibited Transactions
  • Disqualified Persons
  • Disallowed Investments

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