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Real estate is a common alternative investment that can be purchased for many purposes including long term rental, rehabbing, or quick re-sales such as flipping and wholesaling.
Examples of real estate investments include:
Promissory notes or lending (also known as private debt) provides self-directed account holders with the ability to loan money from their account. Loans can be made to an individual or a company.
Examples of promissory note investments include:
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Private equity (also known as an entity) investments can include purchasing ownership in start-up companies, real estate development companies, private LLCs, private placements, etc. You can purchase ownership of a company as long as it is not publicly traded and the investment follows the rules for ownership by a retirement account, as outlined by the IRS.
Examples of private equity investments include:
Precious metals are an alternative investment option that can be held within your self-directed account. Equity Trust Company (ETC) custodies certain types of gold, silver and platinum coins and bullion, subject to applicable rules and regulations.
Examples of precious metals investments include:
Cryptocurrency is a digital currency designed to work as a medium of exchange. To do this, it uses cryptography to secure and verify transactions as well as control the creation of new units of a particular currency. Essentially, digital currencies are limited entries in a database that no one can change unless specific conditions are fulfilled.
Examples of cryptocurrency investments include:
Trading accounts can be used to trade traditional investments such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, foreign currency (Forex), futures, and commodities. Trading accounts can either be self-directed or managed.
Examples of trading account investments include:
A tax lien is the purchase of a lien on a property, typically related to unpaid taxes. A tax deed is the purchase of a property from the county as a result of the non-payment of taxes. The process and rules may vary across each county and you may attend an auction to facilitate the investment in one of these assets.
Examples of potential returns from investing in tax liens include:
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Equity Trust also offers the opportunity to invest in traditional investments such as stocks and mutual funds. There are multiple ways to invest in traditional assets within your Equity Trust account. Brokerage services are available to clients with individual retirement and other custodial accounts, for which Equity Trust Company serves as custodian, through an account with our affiliate, ETC Brokerage Services, LLC.
ETC Brokerage Services, LLC provides a simple solution for combining traditional assets such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds with alternative investments using an Equity Trust self-directed account.
Examples of traditional investments include:
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Popular alternative investments for self-directed IRAs include real estate, promissory notes, private placements, and cryptocurrency. However, there are even more investment types that can be held within your self-directed account.
Examples of additional investment possibilities include: