self directed IRA Investments

Why Limit Your IRA’s Earning Potential?

It’s a common misconception that the only investments allowed in a retirement account are stocks, CDs, and mutual funds. Perhaps this is because the retirement industry is dominated by custodians who only offer these types of investments. In fact, it is permissible for your IRA to invest in a variety of alternative assets — you just need a custodian that offers self-direction.

The Entrust Group does not offer investment, tax, financial or legal advice to clients. Individuals who believe they need advice should consult with the appropriate professional(s) licensed in that area. This section of our website is devoted to providing clients and potential clients with educational information regarding self-directed accounts and possible investment scenarios. It is in no way intended as investment advice.

Alternative Investments with a Self-Directed IRA

Real Estate

With an Entrust self-directed IRA, you can invest in all kinds of real estate and related assets. You can purchase rental property, commercial buildings, rehabs, notes, and much more. This is the most popular investment choice among IRA owners, many of whom focus solely on real estate through a Real Estate IRA.

Precious Metals

Self-directed IRAs can invest in gold, silver, platinum, and palladium.  We also have The Entrust Precious Metals Center, specifically designed to handle the unique requirements involved with holding precious metals in your self-directed account.

Private Placements/LLCs

Did you know that your IRA can invest in a private placement or business?  Banks and other lenders have tightened their purse strings, making it harder for borrowers to find funding.

Energy, Oil & Gas

You could earn an attractive return while putting your retirement funds toward green energy, fresh air, clean water, and a healthier environment.  


A note, or a promissory note, is a vehicle that is used to extend credit from one or more individuals or entities to another individual or entity. Your Entrust account can invest in secured and unsecured notes.

Other Alternative Investments

The retirement industry has been dominated by custodians who are focused on a narrow spectrum of IRA investments, limiting you to stocks, bonds, CDs, and other traditional investments. In reality, you have a world of investment options within a self-directed IRA.  Start exploring your options today.