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What is a Checkbook IRA?

A Checkbook IRA gives you the capability to invest in assets beyond stocks, bonds, and mutual funds in real time.

The 3 C's of a Checkbook IRA

A Checkbook IRA allows you to invest directly in alternative assets without the need for a custodian for everyday transactions. Broad Financial offers two Checkbook IRAs: the IRA LLC and the IRA Trust. Our checkbook control model gives you the 3 C's, making it easy to understand the answer to the question, "what is a Checkbook IRA?"


YOU control all of your investment decisions.

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YOU save money by avoiding transaction fees.


YOU have the freedom to invest in different types of assets.

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What Types of Checkbook IRAs are there?

Self-Directed IRA Trust

A type of Checkbook IRA that allows you to invest your retirement funds in alternative assets with no state fees.

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Self-Directed IRA Trusts

Self-Directed IRA LLC

Another type of Checkbook IRA that lets you hold alternatives in your retirement portfolio with the added benefit of superior liability protection.

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Self-Directed IRA LLCs

IRA Trust vs. IRA LLC: What's the Difference?


Traditional and Roth IRAs Available

Available in All 50 States
Lifetime, Free Customer Support
Real-time Access to Your Funds
Formation of a Specialized Entity for your IRA
Unlimited Free Transactions
Superior Liability Protection
Multi-Member Ownership
Annual State Fee
Asset-Based Fees
Set Up Fee
Quarterly Custodial Fee
How You Make Investments
Setup Time
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IRA Trust

Check, Debit Card, or Wire
1-2 Weeks


Check, Debit Card, or Wire
2-3 Weeks

Let Us Answer Your Questions About Checkbook IRAs

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Checkbook IRA - FAQs

How is a Self-Directed Checkbook IRA different than a standard IRA?

If you ask to invest in an alternative asset like real estate at your typical brokerage, they may refuse to hold the investment or charge you exorbitant fees to do so. A Self-Directed Checkbook IRA lets you invest in almost any alternative asset in real time by simply writing a check or sending a wire from your designated checking account.

Do I need to have a physical checkbook to have checkbook control?

When many people ask, "what is a Checkbook IRA"? they're often picturing a physical checkbook and wondering how it's involved. In order to have checkbook control, you must create either an LLC or Trust and a designated checking account, which gives you the power to invest in the asset of your choice in real time. A physical checkbook is not necessary, but is an easy way to send money from your IRA LLC or IRA Trust checking account. If you do not have a physical checkbook, you can also select to wire funds.

Are there any specific rules for Checkbook IRAs?

With the freedom to invest and manage your own retirement account, comes great responsibility to do proper due diligence and adhere to any rules and regulations that govern Self-Directed IRAs. An important rule to understand is to not partake in a prohibited transaction, which means that a disqualified person must not extend credit nor receive any immediate benefit from the IRA. For more information, please visit our prohibited transactions page.

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