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Access the largest knowledge base for Self-Directed IRAs. Expand your investor knowledge with articles, whitepapers, practical guides and tons of other educational resources.

About Entrust


For 40 years, The Entrust Group has provided account administration services for self-directed retirement and tax-advantaged plans. Entrust can assist you in purchasing alternative investments with your retirement funds, and administer the buying and selling of assets that are typically unavailable through banks and brokerage firms.

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in Real Estate.

Invest in any asset the IRS allows. We’ll hold it for you.

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the Self-Directed IRA Basics Guide

You’ll discover:

  • What a SDIRA Can & Can’t Invest In
  • Self-Directed IRA Rules
  • 3-Step Guide to Self-Directed Your IRA Funds
  • And Much More

Here are the top questions from investors like you.

Is a Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) right for me?

Whether or not a SDIRA is right for you will depend on your situation. Is the investment you want to invest in permitted? If it isn’t and this is the only investment you’re interested in pursuing, you’ll want to stop here. Do the funds you plan to use come from your current employer’s sponsored plan? Most employer-sponsored plans don’t allow you to move funds out. If you don’t have another funding source, this could also deter you. SDIRAs are best suited to experienced investors who understand the general rules that apply to IRAs. The amount of capital you have to invest may also be a factor. Download the pdf below to figure out if a SDIRA might be for you. 

What can I invest in?

A SDIRA broadens your horizons. You’re not limited to stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. You have the freedom to invest in assets that you know, and investments that inspire you as long as they’re permitted by the IRS. Real estate, promissory notes, precious metals, private equity are just the tip of the iceberg.

Ever thought of investing in renewable energy and having a sustainable impact on the world?

Want to support a small business you believe in?
Review the two resources below to discover all your possibilities. 
What are the rules?

A SDIRA allows you to have complete control over your retirement account. The flip side of that freedom is that you are solely responsible for whatever occurs within your IRA. You’ll want to avoid prohibited transactions, dealing with disqualified persons, and any transactions that could be perceived as self-dealing. Investments are owned by your Self-Directed IRA, not by you personally. For example: you and other disqualified persons such as your kids are not allowed to stay at a rental property your SDIRA owns. Download our SDIRA Rules Guide below and learn the rules that'll help you keep your account in good standing. 

How do I fund my account?

You can fund your account using a transfer, rollover or a cash contribution. A transfer occurs when funds from the same type of account are moved from one financial institution to another (i.e., moving funds from your Traditional IRA at Company A to a new Traditional IRA at Company B). A rollover occurs when a participant directs the transfer of funds in their retirement account to a different type of account at another institution. Typically, a rollover is used when moving funds from an employer-sponsored plan to an IRA. Check out the two resources below to figure out what account is best for you and understand the process of funding your SDIRA step by step.

What are your fees?

Entrust believes in transparent pricing. We offer two annual recordkeeping fee models. One is based on the number of assets held in your account; the other is based on the value of your account. There are additional fees associated with opening an account ($50) and making specific transactions.

Option 1 - Based on Number of Assets  
Alternative Assets $299/asset
Non-Recourse Loans $199/asset
Precious Metals $150/year - unlimited assets
Crowdfunding* $150/year - unlimited assets

Option 2 - Based on Asset Value (calculate using the table below) Min. $199 - Max. $1,995
If the account value is between Multiply the value by
$1 and $24,999
$25,000 and $49,999
$50,000 and $149,999
$150,000 and $299,999
$300,000 and up
$1,995 (max)


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