Self-Directed IRAs

Learn How You Can Trade Futures & Forex Through a Self-Directed IRA

View an introduction video below on the process of investing in futures and Forex using a self-directed IRA.

Investing in Futures and Forex

Investor Awareness


With a Midland self-directed IRA, exchange-traded investments can be made through a broker or dealer, as long as the dealer/broker accept third-party brokerage accounts. Midland IRA allows investors the control of choosing their own investments.

Foreign Currency Trading

  • Investments can be made in small amounts and are easily controlled.
  • These assets offer diversity inside retirement portfolios.
  • Holdings are liquid, providing quick and easy transactions from holdings to cash.
  • Trades are based on your opinion of whether the value of the currency you’re acquiring or selling is about to rise or fall.
  • Most markets are open 24 hours a day, Sunday evening to Friday afternoon, giving investors broad access to foreign exchange markets and greater control than typical equities markets.

Futures Trading

  • These transactions require a contractual agreement between the buyer and seller.
  • The contract outlines the exchange of designated commodities at predetermined prices and dates, at a cost agreed upon today but at a later date for acquisition.
  • The seller sets a price based on his or her speculation that the future cost of the asset will decrease; the buyer agrees based on his or her speculation that the cost of the acquisition will increase by the date of the exchange.
  • Investments include hard and soft commodities, and assets such as stocks, interest rates, currencies, intangible assets, and securities.

Types of Trading

Managed Futures

Do you like the idea of diversifying your portfolio in the futures markets but are not familiar enough to make the trade decisions yourself? Consider managed futures, where you receive all of the benefits of futures trading, but don’t have to worry about the stresses and time commitment of the actual trade execution. There are experienced professionals and firms, known as commodity trading advisors (CTAs), that will manage your assets for you using their own trading strategies. There are currently close to a quarter of a trillion dollars in managed futures accounts throughout various U.S. firms, and this number is continuing to grow.

Managed futures is an industry for investors who are interested in access to different markets but feel they don’t have quite the expertise. You are able to invest with a CTA who will perform trades in your account along with the accounts of many other individuals.

Self-Directed Futures Trading Accounts

Are you constantly tracking commodity performances? Do you have an educated understanding on specific markets and trading concepts? Are you eager to trade but don’t want to take the risk with your personal savings? Then consider self-directed futures trading using your IRA funds. Self-directed trading allows you to follow your own strategies and make your own decisions. Simply find a firm that can support your trading concepts and technology needs. And by using your IRA funds to trade, you can reap the benefits of tax-free growth.

Self-directed trading is for individuals who feel they have an understanding of market conditions for a specific commodity, index, or the market as a whole and would rather push the buttons themselves on their trades. Different brokers provide platforms, technology, and service to specific types of traders.

Systems Trading

Do you enjoy the concept of self-trading in the futures market, but could use a little guidance? Or are you a sabermetric type of individual who believes that mathematics and statistics don’t lie? Systems trading may be for you. With systems trading, you take a mathematical approach towards the market, where a system helps lay out a set of criteria, such as an effective entry and/or exit strategy. While the system will give you the best calculated decisions, it is still up to YOU to make the final call. Systems trading is not a profit guarantee, but it gives you a calculated decision that isn’t based on emotion or a “hunch.” As in managed futures, there are numerous firms who offer the ability to partake in systems trading, even when using IRA funds.

Systems trading is a bit of a mix between managed futures-style trading and self-directed. As the trader, you have the ability to push the buttons and trade the market as you see fit. With that said, a system will provide proprietary indicators or signals on when it believes a good trade is happening. It is more of a guide for self-directed traders.

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