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Learning About Self-Directed IRAs

Learn the basic information about self-directed IRAs with these commonly asked questions.
  • What is a self-directed IRA?
    A self-directed IRA is a retirement account that puts you in control of your IRA investment. Unlike most retirement accounts whose investments are chosen by an account and/or fund manager, you choose what to invest in with a self-directed IRA. This allows you to diversify your retirement portfolio’s investment and potentially maximize returns.
  • Are investments in a self-directed IRA insured?
    The cash held in your STRATA custodial account is FDIC-insured up to $250,000, but any other investments held by your IRA are not FDIC-insured, are not guaranteed by STRATA and may lose value.
  • Are self-directed IRAs a target for potential fraud?
    While self-directed IRAs can be a safe way to invest retirement funds, investors should be mindful of potential fraudulent schemes when considering a self-directed IRA. Investors should understand that the custodians and trustees of self-directed IRAs may have limited duties to investors and that the custodians and trustees for these accounts will generally not evaluate the quality or legitimacy of an investment and its promoters. As with every investment, investors should undertake their own evaluation of the merits of a proposal and should check with regulators about the background and history of an investment and its promoters before making a decision. Learn more about how to protect yourself from fraud.
  • Are self-directed IRAs reported to the IRS?
    Yes. As with any IRA custodian, STRATA is required to file Form 5498 with the IRS each year as well as Form 1099R (if applicable).
  • Can I have a self-directed IRA if I participate in a retirement plan at work?
    You can have a Traditional or Roth IRA whether or not you participate in another retirement plan through your employer or business. However, you might not be able to deduct all of your Traditional IRA contributions if you or your spouse participates in another retirement plan at work. Roth IRA contributions might be limited if your income exceeds a certain level.
  • Does STRATA offer any investment products or investment advice?
    As an IRA custodian, STRATA does not sell investment products or provide investment advice. Custodians do not provide investment, tax or legal advice, so clients needing these services are urged to contact their professional advisor.

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