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Alternative Investments

Welcome to a new world of investment possibilities for your retirement account

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Begin Your Exploration

See the possibilities below and click through to learn more about the asset types that interest you.

Explore Alternative Investment Options for Your IRA

Alternative investments are assets that fall outside the realm of traditional investments. Not correlated to the markets, these assets enable you to to diversify your portfolio because of their unique characteristics and risk profiles. Discover the many types of alternative investments that can be held in a retirement account.

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Real Estate

Investments can include rentals, fix-and-flips, commercial property, raw/developed land, and much more.

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Promissory Notes

An opportunity to loan funds from your account, with the potential for passive, tax-advantaged income.

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Private Equity

Enables you to buy into private companies for potentially significant profits, while securing your financial future.

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An alternative to traditional currencies. Potential benefits include decentralization, anonymity, security, and more.

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Precious Metals

Not tied to the public market performance; has fared well against inflation and economic uncertainty.

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Mutual Funds, Stocks, ETFs, and More

It’s possible to hold public and private investments in the same Equity Trust account.


Trading Accounts/Foreign Currency

Attractive to investors because of the ease of money movement and market availability.


Other Alternative Investments

If you can imagine it, you can probably hold in It in your retirement account.

At the Intersection of Opportunity and Impact: Why Invest in Alternative Assets

Changing your investment strategy to include alternative investments can dramatically expand your horizons, both from a return-on-investment and diversification perspective.

Why Investors Choose Equity Trust

What are you investing for? Whether your “why” is retirement, healthcare expenses, or a loved one’s education, we make the journey easy with innovative technology and first-class service.

self-directed ira at Equity Trust: limitless possibilities

Nearly Limitless Investments, One Account

Traditional financial institutions limit your IRA to traditional investments. With Equity Trust, you can truly diversify into a range of options including real estate, private entities, cryptocurrency, precious metals, and more, in addition to stocks, bonds, and mutual funds – all in one account.

self-directed ira at Equity Trust: power to succeed

The Power to Help You Succeed

Our size, expertise, and technology help us ensure that we’re there when you need us most. With over 400 associates focused on processing more than 2 million transactions each year, we work diligently to enhance your experience.

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Your Direction, Our Support

Our knowledgeable, clientfocused associates are here to provide dedicated, personalized service, from opening your account to assisting you with investment transactions. You can lean on our 50 years of experience in the financial services industry. Talk to a knowledgeable IRA Counselor

Self-Directed IRA at Equity Trust: access to opportunities

Access to Opportunities that Match Your Goals

Don’t have an investment in mind? Most custodians establish your account and leave you on your own to figure it out. Our WealthBridge portal and Investment District online marketplace enable you to find potential investment opportunities with the click of a button.

More Alternative Investing Education


Access your exclusive, free guide for an extensive list of traditional and alternative investment options for your account, plus how to get started.


Browse the taxadvantaged accounts and find one that matches your savings goals from retirement to education to health care savings.


Discover what you need to know before you make your first investment, including investments not allowed in an IRA and how much you can contribute to your account.

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Ready to Get Started?

Our knowledgeable IRA Counselors can answer your questions about the self-directed investing process and share insight and education about our self-directed accounts to help you decide what options may be best for you.

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