Not just anyone can hold IRA assets. All IRAs must be held by a custodial entity such as a bank, credit union, trust company or an entity that is licensed and regulated by the IRS as a “non-bank custodian.”
IRS Publication 590 clearly states what those entities are:
“An individual retirement account is a trust or custodial account set up in the United States for the exclusive benefit of you or your beneficiaries. The account is created by a written document. The document must show that the account meets all of the following requirements. The trustee or custodian must be a bank, a federally insured credit union, a savings and loan association, or an entity approved by the IRS to act as trustee or custodian…”
What does this mean to you? When researching a self-directed IRA custodian make sure to ask and receive answers to the following questions:
- Who are you regulated by, and for how long have you been a regulated custodian?
- What additional procedures and rules are in place at your company to ensure that you exceed regulatory control?
- How are you insured or bonded (FDIC, SPIC)?
- Do you have error-and-omissions insurance?
- Are you audited? How are you audited and who conducts the audit?
- When was your last audit completed?
- Who are your company’s principals and what are their experience level in self-directed investing and the financial world?
- Can you provide me with some references for your services?
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