IRS Publication 590 outlines the types of investments allowed in a self-directed IRA, including:
Real estate including apartments, single-family homes and duplexes
Commercial property, developed or undeveloped land
Mortgages/deeds of trust
Publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds
Private limited partnerships
Private stock offerings, private placements
Private limited liability companies
Secured and unsecured notes
Tax sale certificates
Number to Know
14 percent: In 2011, 14 percent more bachelors degree holders were covered by employer-provided health insurance when compared to individuals holding a high school diploma. That same year, 65 percent of bachelors degree holders working full time, year-round were offered retirement plans by their employers, compared to only 52 percent of high school graduates.
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IRS Publication 590