What is the difference between a Custodian and Passive Custodian?

An IRA trustee, also called a custodian, is the institution that administers your plan. By law, every qualified retirement plan must have a custodian or trustee. A trustee may be a bank, credit union or a large brokerage firm that is licensed by the IRS. IRS regulations require that either a qualified trustee or custodian hold the IRA assets on behalf of the IRA owner. A Self-Directed IRA custodian, also called a passive custodian, allows IRA holders to engage in non-traditional investments (i.e. real estate), but generally does not offer investment advice.

IRA Financial Group has a close working relationship with all the major FDIC backed passive custodians.

Please contact one of our Self Directed IRA Experts at 800-472-0646 for more information.


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