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Should You Open a Digital IRA?

There has been a tremendous increase in popularity in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. A lot of people purchase them to hold, hoping that the price will increase even more, thereby making them everyday good investment. It is now even possible to open a digital IRA, or individual retirement account.

What Is the Digital IRA?

Simply put it is a type of self directed individual retirement account in which you can invest in cryptocurrencies such as ethereum and Bitcoin. According to the IRS, cryptocurrencies a form of personal property, which means that you can use them as an investment. Logically therefore, placing them in an IRA is a very good idea. That says, digital IRAs are still very new comma which means a lot still needs to be learnt about them.

One of the key things to be aware of is that a digital IRA can hold things other than cryptocurrencies as well. In fact, most people who have a digital IRA only have a small percentage within that dedicated to cryptocurrencies. They choose these IRAs so that they have the option to also include cryptocurrencies and diversify their portfolio. Because the IRA is self directed, it means that you, as the account holder, are fully responsible for the choices you make. You instruct your custodian who will act according to those instructions and hold responsibility for the administration only.

Pros and Cons

As with everything in life, there are pros and cons associated to the digital IRA. One of the great advantages is that it is very easy to open a digital IRA and, so long as your money is contained within it, you do not have to pay any taxes on what you put in, nor on the profits. Only once you take out a distribution will you have to pay tax over it. Naturally, that is the same with all forms of IRA. Similarly, you can choose either a Roth IRA or traditional IRA, which dictates what kind of tax free withdrawals you are able to make. A specific benefit to the digital IRA in relation to cryptocurrencies is that you usually do not have a limit in terms of how much you can buy every day. Additionally, it gives you a fantastic levels of security.

In terms of downsides come out there are two very big ones and you must be realistic about them. The first is that the digital IRA is very new comma which means many custodians do not know how to work with them and nobody knows whether they really do work in the long run. A second big disadvantage is that the cryptocurrency market is incredibly volatile. While it is certainly true that cryptocurrencies have increased in value tremendously over the past few months, there is no guarantee that this will continue and not the value will not simply plummet again. Well it can be said that no investment is secure because nobody ever knows what the financial markets will do, it is certainly true that the cryptocurrency market is even more volatile.

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