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What is a Self-Directed IRA?

The truth: There is no such thing as a Self-Directed IRA.

It is a marketing term used to differentiate this type of Individual Retirement Account from the typical IRA you would be offered at a brokerage firm.   An IRA, is an IRA, is an IRA.


  • All have tax advantages.
  • All are tools to assist you in saving for retirement.
  • The main difference is that a truly self-directed retirement plan will not limit your investment choices to the stock market.

Why the misconception?  Since 1974, investors have been misinformed about the true investment choices permissible within retirement accounts. It is a fact – stock market-based investments are not your only option. With Vantage, you can take control of your retirement account and direct your portfolio into assets you’ve been told weren’t allowable in your IRA. You can buy property and precious metals with your IRA. You can invest in private companies, and you can partner your retirement monies with others to invest in things you know. Maximize your choices and select your investments. With a Vantage Self-Directed IRA, you have almost unlimited options.

While the term Self-Directed IRA has become an industry marketing term, the use of self-directed retirement plans has increased as investors have become increasingly frustrated with the performance of stock market-based investments. You can embrace your freedom to choose, direct your hard-earned monies into tax-favored alternative assets, and feel better about the direction of your financial future.

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