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Alternative Investments

Nearly unlimited possibilities for your investing

Skip the Learning Curve

Talk to a knowledgeable IRA Counselor

What are the Investment Options for Your Retirement Account?

Your retirement account is open to nearly unlimited investment possibilities. Some of the most well-known options are real estate, notes, precious metals, and traditional investments such as stocks and mutual funds. But there are many other options for your retirement account you might not have thought of, or didn’t know were permitted.

Here are just a few examples an IRA Counselor can walk you through the many alternative investment options that can be held in your retirement account. Here are just a few examples:  

oil and gas

Oil and Gas



mineral rights

Mineral Rights


Equipment Leasing

movie production

Theatrical/Movie Productions

food truck

Food Trucks

royalty interests

Royalty Interests


Foreign Currency (Forex)

accounts receivable

Accounts Receivable

At the Intersection of Opportunity and Impact

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

Alternative Investing in Your Retirement Account:
How to Get Started

Equity Trust enables you to easily invest in alternatives using your self-directed IRA or other account, tax-deferred or tax-free.

Here’s what you need to know to reap the benefits of this powerful investment type in your self-directed account:


Open an Equity Trust Account

One of our specialized counselors will walk you through the process, or you can do it online with myEQUITY.


Fund Your New Tax-Advantaged Account

You can fund your account via rollover, transfer, or out-of-pocket contribution.


Select Your Investment

myEQUITY investment wizards walk you through the investment process online at your convenience. We have liaisons ready to help if you need it.

What Equity Trust Clients Say About Self-Directed Investing

Holly P.

Equity Trust Client

“I’m so glad we moved our money to a self-directed IRA. We have more control over where and what our money is invested in.”

Keith B.

Equity Trust Client

“[Equity Trust] has been fantastic to deal with. While no two investments are the same, I have not had any issues in finalizing the paperwork in a timely fashion. The online bill pay is easy to use and expenses related to my investments are always paid quickly.”

Mary B.

Equity Trust Client

“I finally opened my own self- directed IRA after years of waiting. Equity Trust has processed my transactions smoothly and efficiently. My account is doing what I wanted it to do for my retirement. I wish I had done this years sooner!”

Investing Made Easy: myEQUITY

Easily invest in alternative assets online with myEQUITY, our state-of-the-art online account management system. Our technology enables you to:

  • Open an account in minutes
  • Fund your account
  • Complete a investment purchase quickly and easily
  • Track the status of your investment in real time
  • Pay bills related to your investments
  • Receive borrower or tenant payments painlessly

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 account 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 nearly 400 associates focused on processing more than 1.2 million transactions each year, we work diligently to enhance your experience with us.

self-directed IRA at Equity Trust: support team

Your Direction, Our Support

Our knowledgeable, client-focused associates are here to provide dedicated, personalized service, from opening your account to assisting you with investment transactions. You can lean on our more than 45 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 Investment District online marketplace enables you to find potential investment opportunities with the click of a button.

Exclusive Benefits Come Standard

We don’t stop at providing a superior investing experience: Each client receives access to exclusive
opportunities not found with any other self-directed account custodian. You’ll receive valuable, in-
demand discounts and membership access – just for opening an account.


  • Free annual membership to one of the nation’s largest real estate investors associations, which
    includes several benefits and discounts for real estate investors
  • Free access to a leading marketplace for construction services and contractors to ensure a fair price


  • Titling services specifically tailored to real estate investors who use a self-directed IRA
  • Special rental property insurance discounts
  • Access to a nationwide database of foreclosures, pre-foreclosures, real estate owned properties, and more – before the properties hit the mass market
  • Membership to real estate investor software system to help you generate leads, automate marketing campaigns, analyze deals, manage renovations, and more


  • Access to timesaving, and hasslefree assistance to help you navigate the real estate investment process
  • Extensive free education for real estate investors

More Alternative Investing Education


Access your exclusive, free guide for an extensive list of 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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