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Tired of Traditional Investments? Try Something New to Build Up Your Self-Directed IRA this Year

Published on February 17, 2015

Unusual investments for self-directed plans

Individuals who want to control their retirement investments through self-direction can include many alternative assets in their retirement plans. Among the more popular of these nontraditional investments are real estate, commodities, precious metals and private placements. But the list of allowed investments is long, varied and may be as unique as the account holders.

For investors who are tired of the same old stocks, bonds and mutual funds, a self-directed IRA can be great way to refresh a retirement portfolio. Some of the more unusual alternative investments that can be included in a self-directed IRA are:

The list goes on with a few exceptions—most notable are collectibles (such as stamps, coins, artwork, antiques and fine wines), which are prohibited from self-directed retirement plans.

As with all self-directed investments, it is up to the account holder to do all the necessary research about the target asset. The investor works out all the details and the account administrator handles all the transaction process, manages all the paperwork and takes care of all mandatory reporting. At Next Generation Trust Services, we go a few steps further by offering guidance and education to clients about self-direction (we do not, however, give investment advice nor do we endorse any types of investments).

If you are already investing in alternative assets, know and understand them, and want to build a more diverse retirement portfolio, contact our knowledgeable professionals at (888) 857-8058 or Info@NextGenerationTrust.com for a free consultation about self-direction as a retirement strategy; or refresh your investments by opening a new account today!

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