How to Set Up a Self-Directed IRA

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The trend toward IRA investment is steadily increasing. With more and more concerned individuals wishing to build more substantial return on investments, retirement is becoming an increasing safer blanket of support for many working professionals. Read more to learn how to establish a self-directed IRA.

  • Register your business entity as a limited liability company (LLC) with the Secretary of State in your state. View the official website of the Secretary of State in your state for a complete list of the forms and fees necessary to obtain an LLC.

  • Hire a lawyer to prepare an operating agreement. Verify that the agreement meets the requirements determined for a self-directed IRA LLC by the Secretary of State. You may establish an operating agreement without the help of a lawyer, but the agreement is a key component in the process. Be 100 percent certain the agreement meets all specified requirements and regulations.

  • Open a self-directed IRA account with an IRA custodian. Verify the IRA custodian grants 100 percent self-directed investments by individuals or LLC companies.

  • Finance the self-directed IRA account with funds or a transferred balance from an existing retirement account. You may transfer funds from a previously held account or one that currently being funded by an employer.

  • Work with your self-directed IRA custodian to begin the investment process. Work with him to decide on the terms of the investment and then invest in the LLC.

  • Find a long-term investment. Look for an appropriate investment board that will allow for strong and continued investment.

  • Purchase all investments in the name of the LLC. Do not use personal accounts or draw investment revenue as an individual. Work and invest solely in the name of the LLC.

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