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Ask The Expert: Investments

Q: Can I buy a rental property with funds from my Roth IRA?
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A:

Most firms that offer IRA accounts provide a range of options including stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

Some financial institutions will allow alternative investments including rental real estate, mortgages, precious metals and limited partnerships.  These institutions call it a "self-directed IRA."  These IRA accounts can have higher fees and the custodian will restrict the type of investments offered.

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