What types of transactions are treated as a "disqualified transaction"?

Under Internal Revenue Code Section 408, the acquisition by an IRA or an individually-directed account under a qualified retirement plan of any collectible is treated as a distribution from the IRA or account in an amount equal to the cost to the IRA or account of the collectible (Code Sec. 408(m)(1)). A collectible is any work of art, rug or antique, metal or gem, stamp or coin, alcoholic beverage, or any other tangible personal property specified by IRS for this purpose (Code Sec. 408(m)(2)).

In general, under Code Section 408, an IRA cannot invest in life insurance contracts or collectibles defined below:

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