If your IRA facilitator works with you in such a way that you have total control over your investments, then chances are you have a self-directed IRA. However, you might be in a standard IRA or ROTH and already think you have total control of your retirement funds, when in reality you simply don’t. Though you may have been told otherwise, the real way to ensure that you have total control over your investments is with a truly self-directed financial arrangement.
Having control over your investments all begins with the proper retirement vehicle. Here are three ways a facilitator can help you gain control over the investments it contains:
1. Checkbook Writing Privileges: Working with the right company to set up a self-directed IRA can result in you having full check writing privileges on your account. That means you can invest in what you want with very few restrictions. Additionally, by having check writing privileges you can invest in assets according to your own time table. You don’t have to wait for a check, then deposit it into your bank, then hope the investment is still available. With this type of arrangement you are in total control at all times of your monies and you can move on an investment once you are ready without having to wait for custodial permission.
2. Own Physical Precious Metals: If you want to own gold the best you can do in a standard or ROTH is own gold stocks. However, with a self-directed account you have the ability to own both physical gold and silver. This allows you to own the actual metals instead of a stock in a company that owns stockpiles of these metals or companies that might mine for the metals.
3. Own Real Estate: Yet another restriction with standard and ROTHs is actual real estate. You can buy real estate investment trusts, or REITS, but you can’t buy properties that are commercial or residential inside your retirement and hold those properties inside your account. By working with a facilitator to open your account, you have the option of investing in just about all facets of investment real estate.
Whether or not you have total control over all your investment portfolio is really entirely up to you. Like many, you might be under the impression that you can only invest in certain types of assets, but that is not really not the case if you have the right structure in place. There is a big difference between making some of the decisions and making all of the decisions within your retirement account can make all the difference and it all starts with finding and working with the right IRA facilitator.