Question: Can I cause my self-directed IRA to invest in any type of asset I desire?
Answer: No. Section 408(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code says that an IRA may not invest in life insurance contracts (life insurance). The IRS also restriction investments in “collectibles.” Here is what IRS Publication 590 says about IRAs investing in collectibles:
“If your traditional IRA invests in collectibles, the amount invested is considered distributed to you in the year invested. You may have to pay the 10% additional tax on early distributions, discussed later.
Collectibles. These include:
- Alcoholic beverages, and
- Certain other tangible personal property.
Exception. Your IRA can invest in one, one-half, one-quarter, or one-tenth ounce U.S. gold coins, or one-ounce silver coins minted by the Treasury Department. It can also invest in certain platinum coins and certain gold, silver, palladium, and platinum bullion.”