Is a self-directed IRA right for you?
Abstract: Traditional and Roth IRAs can be powerful estate planning tools. With a “self-directed” IRA, a person may be able to amp up the benefits of these tools by enabling them to hold nontraditional investments that offer potentially greater returns. However, self-directed IRAs present pitfalls that can lead to unfavorable tax consequences. This article explains the ins and outs of a self-directed IRA.