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From account opening forms to rules and regulations on specific investments, we’ve collected everything you need to get started.
Whether you’re opening a new account or directing a new investment, we have the forms you need to get started.See All Forms
From annual fees to processing and service fees, our fee chart details all the fees associated with your account.See fee schedule
Rules & Regulations
To see if the type of investment you’re interested in is allowed, please refer to our list of federal rules, regulations and guidelines.See our rules & regulations
What’s the difference between an administrator and a custodian?
One of the most confusing aspects of a self-directed IRA is the difference between an administrator and a custodian. Both have the ability to help you invest in self-directed IRAs, but there are a few key differences that you should know before opening an account.
Administrators are not directly regulated by the federal government or state banking authorities and because of this, investing your money with them poses a risk for fraud. Along with this, administrators must contract with a bank or trust company to provide their services.
By law, an IRA custodian must be a bank or trust company subject to oversight by federal or state banking authorities, or a firm specifically approved by the IRS to act as an IRA custodian. Custodians, like STRATA, are directly regulated by state and/or federal regulators which conduct regular safety and soundness exams of the custodian’s operation.
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