Self-Directed IRA Basics

What is a Self-Directed IRA

The term "self-directed" simply means that you, as the individual account owner, have complete control over selecting and directing your own individual retirement investments. If you’re new to saving or unfamiliar with self-directed IRAs, explore this page and our Learning Center to discover the different tax-advantages of retirement accounts and how self-directed IRAs work.


A self-directed IRA allows you to choose where to grow your IRA funds among the myriad of permitted investments, such as real estate, private placements, notes, and precious metals, with a range of tax benefits along the way! It can provide a better opportunity to diversify your retirement portfolio.

How to Open a Self-Directed IRA

When you open your account with Entrust, we walk you through the process of opening and funding your account, and we assist you in completing transactions safely and accurately. We make it easy.

Self-Directed IRA Rules

Review the basic self-directed IRA rules you need to know to remain compliant with IRS regulations. You may also read about prohibited transactions in your IRA as well to avoid penalties.

Educational Tools

Questions like,"What is an Individual (k)?" or "What are the rules for a real estate ira?" are common for new investors. At Entrust, we believe that knowledge and education are tools you need to take control of your retirement. Find the answers to questions like these and more in our Learning Center!