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Trading Accounts (Forex, Commodities)

Easily accessible currency and other investments to help you diversify

Skip the Learning Curve

Learn more about forex trading within an IRA

What Can You Do with Trading Accounts?

In addition to traditional investments such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds, trading accounts can also be used to invest in foreign currency exchange (forex or FX) and commodities futures trading. You can opt for a trading account that you manage, or one that is mainly managed by a financial professional. Either option can be included within an Equity Trust retirement account.

Possibilities for trading accounts include:


Foreign Currency Exchange (Forex)

A decentralized global market where the world’s currencies trade. Profit potential comes from the currency’s fluctuations in value.

commodities and futures


A contract to purchase a commodity (such as grains, meat, and livestock) at a for a specific price on a specified date.

Others: Securities

Includes traditional investments such as stocks and bonds.

Why Invest in Forex, Commodities/Futures?

Forex, commodities, and futures can be attractive because of the ease of money movement and market availability. Plus, when traded in a retirement account, you can reduce or eliminate taxes on profits.


In the case of forex, the asset can be quickly converted to cash


Hedge against stock performance with an asset not tied to the market


Forex markets are open 24 hours a day, five days a week

Alternative Investing in Your Retirement Account:
How to Get Started

Equity Trust enables you to easily invest in forex, commodities, and futures 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.


Open a Trading Account

Complete a new-account application with the trading account provider of your choice.


Direct Equity Trust to Fund Your Investment

Upload a signed trading account application and a completed Trading Account Direction of Investment form to Equity Trust for processing. This can be done in myEQUITY.

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 more than 400 associates focused on processing over 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 50 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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. Start your search

More Self-Directed Investing Education


Learn how it works, the investing rules, a real-life example, and how to get started.


Browse the tax-advantaged accounts and find one that matches your savings goals – from retirement to education to health care savings.


Set yourself up for success by digging deeper into the unique investing rules involved when using self-directed IRAs.

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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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