Self Direction 101

Freedom in retirement starts with freedom in investing

While every IRA has tax advantages, only a self-directed IRA has the advantage of breaking free from the confines of Wall Street to work harder and smarter in the investment of your choosing. 

Can your IRA buy a house? Invest in precious metals? Fund a small business? The answer is yes.

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Self-direction Benefits

There are many roads to retirement. Some are just more fun to drive.


No financial advisor knows you better than yourself. With a self-directed account, you can invest in whatever you want, whenever you want.


Protect your retirement accounts from stock market volatility by adding alternative assets to your conventional portfolio of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.


Put your money where your interests are, investing in the industries, businesses, or assets that you are most passionate about.


Alternative investments, when chosen and timed wisely, have the potential to yield larger returns faster than typical market-based assets.

Account Options

Choose the self-directed account that’s right for you

Self-Directed Investments

Can you invest in THAT? The answer is yes.

With a self-directed account, you have the freedom to invest your tax-advantaged retirement funds in the assets you’re most passionate about. From real estate to start-ups to precious metals, if you can find it, we will help you fund it.

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Account Management

It’s not a platform so much as a launchpad

Self-directed opportunities are only a click away. Manage your portfolio, paperwork, contributions and distributions, or simply watch your investments grow from the NDTCO client portal.


Education Center

Want to learn more about self-directed investments?

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Foundations of a Self-Directed IRA
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Foundations of a Self Directed IRA

Upcoming IRA Events

  • Mon18 Mar
    Forever Tax vs. Never Tax: Leveraging Tax Benefits of Retirement Plans (On-Demand Webinar)
    ONLINEThe IRS tax code offers Americans unique opportunities to dramatically reduce the amount of tax they pay over their lifetimes. Interestingly, these strategies are often overlooked or misunderstood. This webinar will cover the vehicles that could be utilized to generate tax-free income, how Roth conversions work (both cash and in-kind conversions), how you, or your family member, can start a tax-free account, and more! Join Chris Tanner, Senior Education Manager at New Direction Trust, as he explores the use of qualified Roth retirement plans, HSAs, and other ways you could eliminate future tax obligations!REGISTER