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Since 2014, Fidelity Investments has been on the cutting edge of cryptocurrency research and insight. Fidelity’s investment into blockchain and digital assets makes the firm unique among its institutional peers as a leader of this technological revolution. It even has an entire department — Fidelity Digital Assets — dedicated to providing institutional-grade digital asset solutions. However, Fidelity has primarily focused on enabling institutional investors, rather than individuals with retirement accounts, to invest in Bitcoin.

Let’s take a look at the cryptocurrency products and services provided by Fidelity and how their digital asset business has grown over the years.

 

Common Questions

1. Can I invest directly in bitcoin with Fidelity?
Probably not. At this time, retail investors cannot invest in bitcoin nor trade the digital asset using their Fidelity account. Only a small class of investors, known as institutional investors, can transact in the bitcoin market by using Fidelity Digital Assets. 

2. What is Fidelity Digital Assets?
Fidelity Digital Assets provides cryptocurrency solutions for institutional investors. This includes cold storage custody, trade execution, dedicated digital asset support, and market research. Qualified institutional investors can buy and sell digital assets within Fidelity Digital Assets without moving funds from their accounts.   

3. What is the Wise Origin Bitcoin Index Fund?
A bitcoin fund launched by Fidelity, Wise Origin allows high net worth individuals to get exposure to bitcoin without purchasing the digital asset directly and worrying about the storage and safety of their cryptocurrency. The minimum investment in the fund is $100,000.

4. Does Fidelity offer any bitcoin services for retail investors?
Not really. Currently, the bitcoin services for retail investors is extremely limited. Investors can’t directly purchase or trade bitcoin on Fidelity, but bitcoin that’s purchased via Coinbase can be tracked using Fidelity’s Portfolio Summary View. Additionally, Fidelity accepts bitcoin (along with other cryptocurrencies) as charitable donations to Fidelity Charitable. 

5. Can I rollover my Fidelity 401(k) to bitcoin?
No. While Fidelity does not currently offer the option to purchase bitcoin for retail customers, other companies do allow you to rollover your eligible Fidelity 401(k) accounts into a Digital IRA. This type of retirement account allows for tax-deferred investments in cryptocurrency (a major advantage considering how cryptocurrency transactions are currently taxed).

6. Can I buy bitcoin for an IRA with Fidelity?
No. Unfortunately the answer to this question is the same as the situation described for a 401(k). If you want to open a Bitcoin IRA, Fidelity does not currently allow retail customers to purchase any cryptocurrency directly. However, the same solution as explained in the above can apply. You can move an existing IRA with Fidelity to a Bitcoin IRA and get the same tax benefits as you would for any other investment within an IRA. There are no tax penalties or implications to do so.

 

Fidelity Digital Assets Milestones

March 2021 – Asset management giant Fidelity files for Bitcoin ETF (Cointelegraph)

The $4.9 trillion asset manager, has filed paperwork with the SEC, to list a new Bitcoin exchange-traded fund. The ETF aims to track the digital currency’s daily performance using the Fidelity Bitcoin Index PR, an index that’s derived from several price feeds. If approved, the Trust would be the first Bitcoin ETF to launch in the United States.

Dec 2020 – Fidelity Digital to Hold Bitcoin as Collateral for Cash Loans (Bloomberg)
Partnering with cryptocurrency lender BlockFi, Fidelity announces it will allow institutional investors to use bitcoin as collateral for cash loans. This allows bitcoin investors to obtain capital without having to sell their bitcoin, a useful financial tool for hedge funds and cryptocurrency miners, among others.

Oct 2020 – Fidelity Digital Assets Releases “Bitcoin Investment Thesis: Bitcoin’s Role as an Alternative Investment” (Fidelity Digital Assets)
Fidelity provides insight into why bitcoin is a good alternative investment option for a diversified portfolio. It’s low correlation to traditional assets, exponential retail growth, and fixed supply are all reasons that bitcoin should be considered a valuable alternative asset. 

Aug 2020 – Fidelity Launches Inaugural Bitcoin Fund for Eligible Investors (Bloomberg)
Fidelity filed paperwork with the SEC to launch its first ever Bitcoin fund, the Wise Origin Bitcoin Index Fund I. The fund will be managed through a new business called Fidelity Digital Funds and be made available to family offices, registered investment advisors, and other financial institutions with a minimum $100,000 investment.

June 2020 – Fidelity Digital Assets: Institutional investors are interested in crypto (Fidelity Digital Assets)
Partnering with Coinbase, Fidelity allowed customers to authorize the cryptocurrency exchange to send digital wallet data to their Fidelity Portfolio Summary View. While this feature is only a simple window into one’s digital assets elsewhere, it signaled a willingness to treat digital assets on a level playing field with other investment types.

February 2020 – Fidelity International invests $14M in Hong Kong Crypto (CoinDesk)
Fidelity expanded its international reach by investing in a Hong Kong-based operator of crypto exchange OSL. This investment is part of a $36 million share placement Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed BC Group.

December 2019 – Announced plans to expand institutional Crypto into Europe (TokenPost)
Through its crypto arm, Fidelity Digital Assets, this multinational financial service provider announced that it will be expanding its operations into Europe to cater to institutional investors there.

May 2019 – Fidelity research predicts a growing market for Bitcoin (CCN)
A research paper by Fidelity Digital Assets concluded that institutional investment in cryptocurrency is likely to increase over the next five years. The survey of 450 institutions showed that 22% already own digital assets and 74% of financial advisors view cryptocurrency most favorably. The value of BTC rose by over 25% in April 2019 alone.

Mar 2019 – Fidelity Digital Assets goes live (CoinTelegraph)
On March 8, Fidelity announced that its cryptocurrency platform has gone live with a select group of clients. The roll out is occurring slowly and relatively quietly for now as the concept gains popularity. Fidelity’s “solutions are focused on the needs of hedge funds, family offices, pensions, endowments, and other institutional investors”.

Jan 2019 – Fidelity Digital Assets platform being tested with eligible clients (Medium)
Issuing a public update on their cryptocurrency trading platform for institutional investors, Fidelity said that some select clients have begun using the service. Despite the relative novelty of cryptocurrency, Fidelity has “established a robust set of technical and operational standards” that are being updated based on initial feedback from users.

Oct 2018 – Platform for institutional investors launched (BitIRA Blog)
The fifth-largest asset manager in the world launched Fidelity Digital Assets, which is set to go live in early 2019. This marks the most ambitious venture into the crypto space by any major financial institution, and this digital assets division will allow institutional investors to buy cryptocurrency through a regulated and trusted custodian.

May 2018 – Partnership with MIT for Layer 2 Summit (Forbes)
Continuing a multi-year focus on blockchain research, a summit was convened at Fidelity Labs and MIT Media Labs. This summit addressed an issue that concerns many blockchain professionals: scalability. For blockchain to scale, cost per transaction needs to go down as transaction volume increases. With current tech, the opposite is true.

Aug 2017 – Digital asset wallet tested on Fidelity.com (Fidelity.com)
Partnering with Coinbase, Fidelity allowed customers to authorize the cryptocurrency exchange to send digital wallet data to their Fidelity Portfolio Summary View. While this feature is only a simple window into one’s digital assets elsewhere, it signaled a willingness to treat digital assets on a level playing field with other investment types.

Apr 2017 – Joined top universities and tech firms for IC3 initiative (Fidelity.com)
In a first venture of its kind, Fidelity joined with top universities and tech firms to explore new blockchain projects. All of the institutions taking part in the Initiative for Cryptocurrencies and Contracts share a common vision for the disruptive potential of blockchain tech. The CEO of Fidelity also spoke at Consensus 2017 in May.

Nov 2015 – Bitcoin accepted for donations on Fidelity Charitable (Fidelity.com)
Partnering with Coinbase, a major cryptocurrency exchange, Fidelity took an early step toward Bitcoin adoption by allowing philanthropists to use the digital currency when making donations to Fidelity Charitable organizations. The bitcoins would then be converted to other assets via Coinbase and given over to the respective charity.

May 2015 – Blockchain Incubator formed (Medium)
While Fidelity had been conducting initial research into cryptocurrency since early 2014 (when 1 BTC was worth less than $1,000 USD), the financial institution formed the first team dedicated to exploring blockchain and cryptocurrencies the following year. The Blockchain Incubator paved the way for future adoption of Bitcoin by Fidelity.

 

 

As Fidelity continues to develop its digital asset investment programs, this page will be updated with cryptocurrency adoption milestones.

Last Updated: April 2021

 

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Last modified on April 6th, 2021

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Why some investors are banking on a bitcoin IRA instead of Social Security

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For Matthew Roed, Social Security is looking a lot less promising than the money he's stashed away in his BitcoinIRA.

Roed is a registered nurse living in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and he says he's spent 16,000 hours researching all things bitcoin. His conclusion? Investing in the cryptocurrency is the key to retiring well, and the best way to do it is through a tax-free, self-directed Individual Retirement Account, or IRA.

"Since bitcoin is legally classified as property by the U.S. government and my crypto is inside of an IRA, I knew that I would greatly reduce my taxable expenses due to exponential growth," said Roed.

At today's prices, the gamble has so far paid off.

The MBA grad, father, and husband initially invested $30,000 into his BitcoinIRA. Right now, he says that his retirement portfolio is up to $250,000,

While it's down from its peak of $500,000, Roed still feels vindicated in his conviction that bitcoin is the future.

"No one wanted to listen to me at that time, including my own family," he said. "I became reclusive and used my frustration to push more and more into getting involved in that market."

RN Matthew Roed at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

BitcoinIRA

BitcoinIRA launched in May of 2016, offering investors the tax-advantage of an IRA, plus the return of a high-risk, high-reward alternative asset class. It's similar in nature to other IRAs, except that instead of being funded by gold, cash, and bonds, it's backed by bitcoin.

The company has more than 100,000 individual account holders, including clients as young as 18. But chief operating officer Chris Kline tells CNBC that 75% of account holders are 45 and over. "It's not a young kids' game anymore," he said.

BitcoinIRA isn't just dealing in bitcoin either. It now includes a long list of cryptocurrencies, including ethereum and litecoin.

Duke University's Campbell Harvey thinks diversification is the right call.

"To have a portfolio that has exposure...to a single crypto like bitcoin, that doesn't make any sense, because while bitcoin is the most important one right now, its share of the overall capitalization of cryptos has decreased through time. There are so many other tokens out there," Harvey said.

When CNBC first profiled BitcoinIRA in 2017, it served $6 million in transactions for 700 account holders. This month, it passed $1.5 billion in all-time transactions.

There were also far fewer players in the crypto retirement space. The market is now flooded with options.

A recent survey of financial advisors shows a significant shift to cryptocurrencies. 14% of the more than 500 financial advisors included in the report said they now use or recommend cryptocurrency to clients, versus fewer than 1% in 2019 and 2020.

IRA custodian Kingdom Trust offers users the option to diversify in 20 different cryptocurrencies. CEO Ryan Radloff tells CNBC that $2 billion of the $17 billion that it holds for clients is now in cryptocurrency. That's up from $350 million a year ago.

"The amount of people interested in including bitcoin in their retirement savings...is increasing exponentially," said Radloff. "People don't want zombie retirement accounts that only allow you to invest in three target-date funds. They want to have more choice in what they do with their hard-earned money, and they want access to hard-assets that will increase in value over a long time horizon."

IRA vs. Roth IRA vs. 401(k)

Crypto-backed retirement portfolios may rapidly be gaining in popularity, but there are still some major limitations.

For one, while there are multiple ways to invest your savings for retirement – be it an employer-sponsored 401(k) or a Roth IRA – very few of these vehicles actually allow for an alternative asset like gold or crypto.

That's why the primary retirement vehicle for holding crypto is self-directed IRAs, explains Shehan Chandrasekera, a CPA and head of tax strategy at crypto tax software company CoinTracker.io.

As the name suggests, it's an account you open with a custodian, you make all investment decisions, and your income is tax sheltered until your retirement. Kingdom Trust and BitcoinIRA both follow this model.

"So far as retirement accounts go, right now, with bitcoin, it's IRAs, IRAs, IRAs," explained Onramp Invest chief executive Tyrone Ross. Onramp sells software that helps financial advisers keep track of client cryptocurrency investments.

"Because it's considered property by the IRS...that is why you're seeing the self-directed IRA space explode," continued Ross. "There's a lot of regulation to get through before you get it into the 401(k) space."

There are exceptions. A small 401(k) provider called ForUsAll announced last month that it is now allowing participants to allocate up to 5% of their retirement funds into 50 different crypto assets including bitcoin, which will be custodied and managed by Coinbase.

Companies like BitWage and Digital Asset Investment Management are also trying to fold crypto into traditional retirement plans offered by employers.

But Chandrasekera says that "generally speaking, 99% of 401(k) plans don't offer bitcoin services," so there is still a ways to go until bitcoin hits mainstream retirement platforms.

Fidelity, for example, tells clients that retail brokerage customers cannot buy or sell any cryptocurrencies at Fidelity, though they can, theoretically, get exposure to the bitcoin trade through crypto-associated companies trading on the public markets. Same goes for Charles Schwab.

Volatility risk versus tax savings

Roed spoke to CNBC after wrapping a 14-hour night shift. Those post-work hours are when the rehabilitation staff nurse invests the most time into researching ways to invest in cryptocurrencies.

Part of why he settled on BitcoinIRA has to do with the company's staking program. Roed lends third parties his bitcoin and in return, he earns an annual percentage rate, or APR, for the risk. "It's something like 2% per year," he said.

This helps to offset the $240 annual account fee, plus the average transaction fees of 1% to sell and 5.5% to buy.

Kline says that clients can earn up to 6% annual percentage yield on cash and cryptocurrency, which helps balance out the fees.

Another major consideration? The volatility of bitcoin.

The world's most popular cryptocurrency is trading at about half of what it was worth in April.

"We don't see that volatility in, for example, the stock market," explained Harvey.

"It's naive to think that bitcoin is just going to keep on going up. There is going to be some limit, and people need to deeply consider that," he said.

Beyond the volatility risks, the Securities and Exchange Commission has also warned of the risk of fraud when participating in self-directed IRAs which deal in cryptos.

But Kline remains optimistic. He ran CNBC through a case study of one client who purchased about $1.5 million worth of bitcoin in April of 2020, when the token was trading at around $7,335. At today's value, his investment is worth well over $6 million.

BitcoinIRA case study

Date Quantity Unit price Total purchased Current unit value Total current value
Apr. 9, 2020193.295 BTC$7,335$1,417,85932,4166,265,850

But ultimately, Kline says it's the tax break that makes BitcoinIRA a slam dunk for those looking to deal in cryptos.

If a taxpayer at an average income level were to sell his bitcoin today, he would pay no tax for the crypto held in his BitcoinIRA. If it were in a Coinbase account, this same person would face a 22% short-term capital gains tax or 15% for a long-term holding.

"Pretty clear quantitative reasoning to put an asset like bitcoin in an IRA setting," said Kline.

CORRECTION: This article has been updated to show that registered nurse Matthew Roed spent 16,000 hours researching cryptocurrencies, not 160,000 hours. Also, it clarifies that 75% of BitcoinIRA account holders are age 45 and over.

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Fidelity to launch bitcoin ETF as investment giant builds its digital asset business

Fidelity Investments is preparing to launch its own bitcoin exchange-traded fund as the investment giant works to cement its clout in the market for digital assets and virtual currency.

FD Funds Management, a subsidiary of Fidelity, said on Wednesday that it plans to provide financial backing for an exchange-traded fund called the Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust.

The firm filed a Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission, a preliminary registration statement for the fund.  

Fidelity confirmed that it filed a prospectus to sponsor a bitcoin ETF but said it could not offer further comment because of the preliminary nature of the filing.

The ETF, if approved by the SEC, will track the performance of bitcoin as measured by the movement of the Fidelity Bitcoin Index, a barometer the investment giant established to track the price of the digital currency.

Whether the SEC approves the plan, however, remains a key question. The regulator has not to date granted any company permission to create a bitcoin ETF, arguing that the market was not ready yet despite a growing number of applications.

The SEC last week acknowledged a bitcoin ETF proposal from VanEck.

Although the Fidelity-backed trust does not intend to sell bitcoin, it will use the cryptocurrency to pay certain expenses, which under current IRS guidance will be treated as a sale of such digital currency.

To be sure, Fidelity's bid to back a bitcoin ETF is far from its first venture into the expanding world of digital currencies.

It established Fidelity Digital Assets in 2018, a subsidiary that has since deployed its cryptocurrency custody and trade execution operations. The early endorsement was enough to draw clients ranging from institutional investors like hedge funds and family offices, according to its top executive.

Bitcoin, along with thousands of other digital coins, has seen a flurry of buying over the past 12 months as a growing number of investment managers and banks grow comfortable considering it as both a potential investment opportunity and a medium of exchange.

Though the world's largest digital asset has struggled in recent weeks, its current price around $52,430 is far above where it traded one year ago under $10,000, according to Coin Metrics.

Sours: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/24/fidelity-to-launch-bitcoin-etf-as-investment-giant-builds-its-digital-asset-business-.html
How to Buy Crypto in a ROTH IRA - Step by Step Guide

Bitcoin IRA: How To Invest For Retirement With Cryptocurrency

Investing in Bitcoin for retirement could offer you substantially higher returns and add diversity to your retirement portfolio. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about any cryptocurrency, it’s that they are extremely volatile and very risky. Here’s what you need to know if you’ve decided to save for retirement in a Bitcoin IRA.

What Is a Bitcoin IRA?

A Bitcoin IRA is another name for a self-directed IRA. Self-directed individual retirement accounts allow you to invest in alternative asset classes, like real estate, precious metals and cryptocurrency, which are excluded from conventional IRAs.

“Under the umbrella of self-directed IRAs, Americans have the option to purchase a wide variety of alternative assets,” says Jay Blaskey, head of sales at BitIRA, a Bitcoin IRA provider.

Investing in Bitcoin for retirement may enhance your investment returns as well as provide broader diversification, although it also introduces substantially more risk to your retirement portfolio.

“Traditional financial institutions do not allow IRAs to invest in IRS-approved alternative assets because their focus is on earning fees through traditional investments,” says Adam Bergman, founder and CEO of IRA Financial. “Hence, the birth of the self-directed IRA industry.”

The Retirement Industry Trust Association (RITA) estimates that currently between 2-5% of all IRAs are invested in alternative assets.

How Does a Bitcoin IRA Work?

In general, a Bitcoin IRA works much like a normal IRA, except you’re investing your money in cryptocurrency instead of mutual fund shares. You’re able to choose between traditional and Roth self-directed IRAs and benefit from their associated tax advantages. You face the same annual contribution limits, $6,000 or $7,000 if you’re 50 or older in 2021.

If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, you can opt for SEP and Simple IRAs and solo 401(k)s, which have substantially higher contribution limits. You can even roll over funds from a normal IRA to a self-directed IRA.

While self-directed IRAs are largely similar to normal IRAs, they do differ in a couple of key ways. Instead of the one-stop shopping experience that most brokerage firms provide, where you can set up an IRA and buy and sell securities in one place, you may have to be a little more DIY with a Bitcoin IRA. You’ll need to keep in mind three components:

•  A custodian holds your IRA and is responsible for its safekeeping along with ensuring your account adheres to regulations set by both the IRS and government. This is the role banks and other financial institutions typically play with normal IRAs.

•  An exchange manages your cryptocurrency trades. A crypto exchange (also known as a DCE or digital currency exchange) is similar to the stock market. It’s a place where digital currencies are actively traded and where you’ll purchase your Bitcoin, Ethereum or other cryptocurrency.

•  A secure storage solution protects your cryptocurrency. Most providers of Bitcoin IRAs include proprietary secure storage methods to help keep your digital coins protected from theft once you purchase them.

Self-directed IRA providers may provide all of the above or any variation. For example, a Bitcoin IRA company might partner with a particular exchange or might allow you to trade using any third-party crypto exchange.

Advantages of Bitcoin IRAs

Bitcoin IRAs offer investors several advantages, including:

•  Diversification. “Cryptocurrency is an asset class that is not correlated with stocks and bonds, which is what most Americans hold in their retirement accounts,” says Blaskey. This may help protect your retirement balance, even though crypto may be volatile in its own way.

•  Potential for high returns. “Bitcoin is very volatile, but with volatility comes the potential for huge gains,” says Bergman. “For example, Bitcoin was at $5,200 on March 15, 2020 and ended the year close to $30,000 and Ethereum, the second most popular crypto, was up over 400% in 2020. I think the huge upside potential of Bitcoin is well worth the risk, especially if you are only investing a small percentage of your overall IRA value.”

•  Tax advantages. “The single greatest headache for Bitcoin investors is tracking trades and calculating taxes owed,” says Eric Satz, CEO and founder of Alto, an alternative IRA company. Because you owe taxes each time you sell cryptocurrency at a profit, it can be a bookkeeping nightmare to stay on top of your various purchase prices and gains. Investing in a tax-advantaged account, like a traditional or Roth IRA, alleviates this burden as you aren’t taxed on anything as long as the money and securities are held in your account. In addition, you’ll get to benefit from the compounding growth of value you aren’t losing to taxes, says Satz.

Disadvantages of Bitcoin IRAs

Saving for retirement with Bitcoin, however, is not without its cons:

•  Fees. Unlike with normal IRAs, which generally allow you to invest for free, self-directed IRAs generally come with more fees involved. From set-up fees to trading and account management fees, make sure you’re well aware of the costs associated with investing in cryptocurrency for retirement.

•  Exchange limitations. Some Bitcoin IRA companies only allow you to trade on affiliated currency exchanges. Others let you choose your preferred exchange. If you have a particular crypto exchange you want to invest with, make sure your Bitcoin IRA provider allows it.

•  Volatility. “We saw the price of Bitcoin go from close to $20,000 in December 2017 to as low as $3,400 in December 2018,” says Bergman. That kind of volatility is a substantial risk for an IRA, especially for investors close to retirement.

•  Capital losses. In a normal, taxable investment account, those kinds of losses would be unfortunate—but not without their upside. You’re generally able to deduct losses you incur while investing or use them to offset gains with other investments. Due to the tax-advantaged status of a Bitcoin IRA, this isn’t possible, however.

•  Complexity. In addition to handling the moving parts of custodians, exchanges and secure storage, you’ll probably need to maintain at least one other retirement account when you invest in a Bitcoin IRA. That’s because “Bitcoin IRAs are certainly not set up to accommodate traditional assets like stocks, bonds and mutual funds,” says Blaskey. This can add a layer of complexity to your retirement planning.

Can You Buy Bitcoin in a 401(k)?

It’s possible to hold Bitcoin in your 401(k) but unlikely you’ll be offered the option.

“Just like stocks, Bitcoin can be purchased in an IRA or 401(k),” says Begman of IRA Financial. “However, from a practical standpoint, an employer-adopted 401(k) plan with employees will likely not allow for any alternative investment options because of ERISA fiduciary rules.”

Fiduciary rules governing employer-sponsored plans state that plans must offer a range of investment options while protecting plan participants from large losses. Given how volatile cryptocurrencies can be, employers tend to avoid offering these investments as plan options. That said, 401(k) provider ForUsAll and Coinbase are currently working to allow plan participants to hold up to 5% of their assets in crypto.

In the meantime, business owners sponsoring their own retirement plan via a Solo 401(K) or SEP IRA can build their own plan that includes investments like Bitcoin.

“In the case of a Solo 401(K) plan, which is not subject to ERISA rules since there are no non-owner employees, Bitcoin and other alternative asset investments are common so long as the plan documents allow,” says Bergman.

How to Open a Bitcoin IRA

Once you’ve decided on a Bitcoin IRA, you need to decide where to open your account. That means locating a custodian to host your self-directed IRA and enable you to make cryptocurrency trades. Like opening any brokerage account, you’ll need to have your full legal name, address, Social Security number and banking information available.

When you’re ready to open an account, start researching Bitcoin IRA custodians. Remember that you’ll want to make sure the account types, exchanges and cryptocurrencies available line up with your goals.

Be sure to compare any relevant fees as these can really add up over time and impair your ability to reach your retirement goals. To get you started, here are seven leading Bitcoin IRA providers:

Alto

Alto aims to democratize access to alternative investments, from cryptocurrencies to real estate and early-stage startups. Investors with an interest only in trading cryptocurrency should look to Alto’s CryptoIRA product.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: No

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $0

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Stellar (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) as well as the full offerings of Coinbase

•  Disclosed Pricing: No setup fee, 1.5% crypto transaction fee, 1% annual custody fee, no additional exchange fees, $50 account closing fee

BitIRA

BitIRA advertises itself as the world’s most secure IRA for digital currency. While pricing on its website is absent, it offers a toll-free number to get your questions answered prior to opening an account.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: No

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $5,000

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin SV (BSV), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Stellar (XLM), Zcash (ZEC)

•  Disclosed Pricing: $50 account setup fee, $195 annual maintenance fee, 0.05%/month storage fee. Investors should call for additional buy/sell fees on trades

Bitcoin IRA

Bitcoin IRA boasts over 50,000 account holders and an easy-to-navigate website chock full of educational materials for prospective investors. If you’re interested in opening an account, you’ll need to call for fees.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: No

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $3,000

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), Stellar (XLM), Zcash (ZEC)

•  Disclosed Pricing: Bitcoin IRA charges a one-time fee based on your initial investment plus a custodian and security fee. Investors must call for pricing

BlockMint

BlockMint’s website is scarce on details so investors are advised to call for additional details or submit a query via its website prior to opening an account. Notably, account holders are assigned a dedicated account executive for all their questions and needs.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: No

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $10,000

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP)

•  Disclosed Pricing: 15% transaction fee, 2.5% purchase transaction fee, 1% sell transaction fee, $195 annual maintenance fee and 0.50% monthly storage fee assessed on your IRA balance

Equity Trust

One of the oldest self-directed IRA custodians (established in 1983), Equity Trust offers a wide variety of cryptocurrencies. Its fee schedule, however, is a bit complex, so be sure to review prior to opening your account.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: Yes

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $500

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin SV (SV), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), Stellar (XLM), Zcash (ZEC)

•  Disclosed Pricing: $50-75 account setup fee, annual fee assessed based on account value, $20/month platform fee, 0.07% monthly fee based on account balance, 3.5% purchase fee, 1% sell fee

IRA Financial Trust

IRA Financial Trust is a low-cost leader in Bitcoin IRA custodians that also allows users to buy crypto using the exchange of their choice. It offers a flat-fee schedule for IRAs along with no minimum opening balances.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: Yes

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $0

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: IRA Financial Trust is a custodian and investors choose their own cryptocurrency exchange for buying and selling crypto. It has a partnership with Gemini exchange and also offers checkbook IRA control for investors who want to hold crypto not available on Gemini. Gemini currently offers 47 different cryptocurrency products

•  Disclosed Pricing: $75 quarterly fee for IRAs, $0 quarterly fee for Solo 401(k), no broker or management fees. When using Gemini as the exchange, customers enjoy the Active Trader fee schedule which results in fees between 0-0.35% per crypto transaction

iTrustCapital

Another low-cost platform, iTrustCapital offers cryptocurrency and digital gold assets within its self-directed IRAs. It’s also one of the few companies that allows inventors to transfer existing cryptocurrency assets to their IRAs in-kind without liquidating first.

•  IRAs Offered: Yes

•  Solo 401(k) Plans Offered: No

•  Minimum Opening Account Balance: $2,500

•  Cryptocurrencies Offered: Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Cardano (ADA), Chainlink (LINK), Compound (COMP), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), Litecoin (LTC), Polkadot (DOT), Polygon (MATIC), Ripple (XRP), Stellar (XLM), Sushi (SUSHI), Uniswap (UNI), Yearn Finance (YFI)

•  Disclosed Pricing: $29.99/month account fee, 1% crypto trade fee, no additional storage fees

Should You Open a Bitcoin IRA?

For investors closer to retirement, it’s likely not the most prudent option to open a Bitcoin IRA, given the volatility of cryptocurrencies. However, for those who have a longer time horizon and risk tolerance, investing a small portion of their retirement savings in alternative assets, such as Bitcoin or other cryptos, could offer upside and hedge against losses from their conventional holdings.

Bitcoin IRAs come with more moving parts than the retirement accounts you’re used to. This means you’ll need to do much more due diligence, not only when researching potential cryptocurrencies but also when determining the right IRA provider.

Make sure you understand fees as many are not readily apparent from their websites. And, perhaps most importantly, consider Bitcoin and other cryptos as a small part of your overall retirement plan, not its entirety.

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Final Verdict 

As more firms allow their clients to add alternative assets like Bitcoin to their IRAs, understanding which ones offer the best expertise, security, and support can be tricky. In the end, companies with deep expertise in managing both traditional and digital assets are the ones who can future-proof their clients’ retirements.          

As the first and largest cryptocurrency IRA company, Bitcoin IRA takes our top spot as the best overall due to its easy account setup, 24/7 real-time trading, and advanced security features.

Coin IRA is our pick for the best investor experience with its free, downloadable "Cryptocurrency IRA Guide," access to specialized cryptocurrency consultants, and choice of three secure digital asset storage options. 

In terms of pricing, iTrustCapital wins for the best rates and fees with a simple 1% transaction fee and low monthly service fee of just $29.05, while BitIRA aced the best for security category with multi-encryption encoding for transactions and offsite storage in nuclear bunkers protected by armed guards. 

Equity Trust brought nearly 40 years of experience in SDIRAs, seamlessly blending traditional and digital assets with no transaction fees, making it our choice as the best for self-directed investments.

Finally, we picked Regal Assets for the best variety of cryptocurrency supported since it allows its clients to invest in any popular cryptocurrency they desire as well as precious metals to create diverse and secure portfolios.

Compare Providers

CompanyWhy We Chose ItNotable Features
Bitcoin IRABest OverallFull-service Bitcoin IRA provider offering 24/7 trading
Coin IRABest Investor ExperienceCryptocurrency consultants and multiple storage options
iTrustCapitalBest Rates and Fees$29.95 monthly service fee and 1% per transaction
BitIRABest for SecurityGuarded offline storage and full insurance coverage
Equity TrustBest for Self-Directed Investments38 years' experience in self-directed IRAs
Regal AssetsBest Variety of Cryptocurrency SupportedSupports investing using all popular cryptocurrencies

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Do Bitcoin IRAs Work?

A Bitcoin IRA allows individuals to diversify their IRAs with investments in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Because the IRS considers Bitcoin property, taxing them like stocks and bonds, account holders need a custodian to manage their IRA.

Bitcoin IRA firms also allow account holders to freely trade cryptocurrency on their platforms and offer either secure online or offsite storage for their clients’ digital assets.  

How Should I Choose a Bitcoin IRA Company?

Security and fees are two of the most important criteria for choosing a Bitcoin IRA company. Since cryptocurrency isn’t backed by any fiat currency, investors who have their accounts hacked risk losing everything. As a result, many firms store digital assets in physical vaults to protect accounts from cyberattacks and also insure investments up to a certain dollar value.

Fees are also a big consideration, since many firms charge high trading and administrative fees based on the size of accounts, as well as storage fees, potentially cutting into the profitability of investments. It’s also important to choose a company with dedicated experience in managing IRAs and not just cryptocurrencies.     

Are All Bitcoin IRA Companies Safe?

Some would say that the uncertainty of cryptocurrency in general makes Bitcoin IRAs inherently risky. Those willing to accept the risk must find firms with the technology and infrastructure to manage transactions securely and protect their digital assets.

To this end, firms that offer multiple layers of transaction encoding and security features, a variety of cryptocurrency choices for investing, and offline cold storage provide the most security available for their clients. 

What Are the Benefits of Bitcoin IRAs?

The main advantage of Bitcoin IRAs is that they add diversification to retirement portfolios to both mitigate risk and maximize potential returns. Investors who diversify their IRAs with precious metals due to their relative market stability are now looking to cryptocurrencies for the same reason. Including digital currencies in some types of retirement accounts can also help investors avoid heavy capital gains taxes. 

How We Chose the Best Bitcoin IRA Companies

We looked at nearly a dozen Bitcoin IRAs for this review. Our first consideration was to find companies with both deep experience in managing IRAs as well as alternative assets like cryptocurrencies.

Security was also a major consideration. Since Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency isn’t backed by any bank or hard assets, a cyber hacker could potentially wipe out an entire Bitcoin IRA. For that reason, we made sure to choose companies that provided state-of-the-art security features and high insurance coverage for their digital assets.

Finally, we included companies with low or reasonable fees since managing a Bitcoin IRA can be potentially much more expensive than managing most traditional retirement accounts.

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Key takeaways

  • Digital currencies like bitcoin are different from traditional forms of payment.
  • There are benefits and significant risks associated with digital currencies.

What exactly is bitcoin, and what are the risks involved in using it as a form of payment or as an investment opportunity? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

What is bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the first and largest asset in the growing category of cryptocurrency (also known as digital currency). It was originally intended as a medium of exchange that is created and held electronically. Bitcoin was the first, but there are hundreds of digital currencies.

We'll focus on bitcoin here to illustrate how digital currencies work. However, the underlying blockchain technology and functionality of bitcoin are similar to many of the other widely used digital currencies, including Ethereum, bitcoin cash, and Litecoin. (For more on blockchain, see below.)

Who creates bitcoin?

Bitcoins aren't printed by a government organization like the US Treasury does with dollars. Instead, they're produced by people and businesses running computers all around the world, using software that solves a very complex mathematical problem. The mathematical formula is freely available, so that anyone can check it, but you'll need a really powerful set of computers to solve the problem.

Who controls bitcoin?

One of the important points is that no single person, entity, or organization controls bitcoin. The fact that bitcoin is not controlled or administered by a large bank or government entity is part of its appeal for many—but that also makes it harder to understand.

Can I tell who owns bitcoin?

Bitcoins are sometimes regarded as anonymous. They are stored in digital wallets—essentially electronic vaults—which can have public electronic addresses associated with them. But they aren't necessarily linked to names, home or business addresses, or other personally identifying information. What’s more, you don't need to give your real name or other personal information to make direct transactions on the bitcoin blockchain; only the digital addresses of the bitcoin wallets identify the buyer and seller.

How is the value of bitcoin determined?

Digital currency functions differently from traditional money. The price of a bitcoin is determined by the supply and demand on the exchanges where it trades, while the buying power of traditional money is influenced by factors such as central bank monetary policy, inflation, and foreign currency exchange rates.

How do I transact with bitcoin?

Transactions with bitcoin can be completed without intermediaries like banks or credit card companies. When you transact with bitcoin, it is essentially a direct transfer between the sender and recipient of the bitcoins. Transfers can be made online or through a smartphone app—similar to making an electronic transfer with traditional currency.

What are pluses and minuses of transacting with bitcoin?

For many, the advantages of bitcoin are fast, anonymous, transparent, and low-cost transactions. But the infrastructure and adoption by businesses to support these transactions is still in the very early stages. Proponents of digital currency think this ability to easily transfer value from person to person throughout the world will inevitably lead to an increase in the use of digital currencies. Alternatively, the hyper-volatility of value and uncertainty of regulation could discourage businesses from accepting digital currencies.

Can I buy cryptocurrencies at Fidelity?

Retail brokerage customers cannot buy or sell any cryptocurrencies at Fidelity. However, those who have a Coinbase digital currency account can arrange to view those balances on Fidelity.com. Although bitcoin futures are now available for trading on the CBOE and CME, Fidelity does not currently have any plans to offer bitcoin futures trading for its retail brokerage customers.

Are there costs or commissions to buy and sell bitcoin?

Some users and holders of digital currencies, such as bitcoin, have reported having to pay significant transaction-related fees. In most cases, customers who purchase, sell, or transfer bitcoin will be charged transaction fees by the cryptocurrency exchange (note that there are many exchanges, brokers, and other intermediaries where transaction costs can vary widely), and potentially other fees, like network fees. Every bitcoin transaction has a network fee that is automatically deducted from the bitcoins sent, and the amount of the fee varies based on a variety of factors. In addition, consumers who use bitcoin for financial transactions, or to purchase or sell goods, may also be charged fees. 

What are some of the risks of investing in bitcoin?

Some speculators have been drawn to bitcoin trading as a way to make a quick profit. However, as is the case with most speculative investments, you need to be careful. Buying, selling, and using bitcoins carry numerous risks. Among them:

  • The price of bitcoin and other digital currencies has fluctuated unpredictably and drastically. You could experience significant and rapid losses. Profits or losses from investing in bitcoin are virtually impossible to predict.
  • Digital currency such as bitcoin is not legal tender. No law requires companies or individuals to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. Instead, bitcoin use is limited to businesses and individuals that are willing to accept bitcoins.
  • Platforms that buy and sell bitcoins may be unregulated, can be hacked, may stop operating, and some have failed. In addition, like the platforms themselves, digital wallets can be hacked. As a result, consumers can—and have—lost money.
  • Bitcoin transactions can be subject to fraud and theft. For example, a fraudster could pose as a bitcoin exchange, bitcoin intermediary, or trader in an effort to lure you to send money, which is then stolen.
  • Unlike banking institutions that can provide FDIC insurance, there are no such safeguards provided to digital wallets.
  • Bitcoin payments are irreversible. Once you complete a transaction, it cannot be reversed. Reversing a transaction depends solely on the willingness of the recipient to do so.

When researching and evaluating a potential investment, investors must decide for themselves whether the investment fits with their time horizon, financial circumstances, tolerance and preference for volatility, and risk of loss. Anyone thinking of investing in bitcoin or in bitcoin-related investment opportunities should understand digital assets, do their research, be prepared for significant price gyrations, and proceed with caution.

Have regulators issued any statements on bitcoin?

Cryptocurrencies have been on regulators' radar for some time. A number of federal and state regulators have issued investor alerts and other statements about bitcoin, token sales or initial coin offerings (ICOs), and other cryptocurrency-related investments. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended trading in a number of securities due to questions regarding the accuracy of these companies’ claims of cryptocurrency‐related activities. Right now, the laws and regulations are still developing and it is difficult to predict the eventual legal landscape for digital currencies.

What is blockchain?

Much of the media coverage of digital currency has focused on the fluctuating value of bitcoin. But what you may not be hearing about is the disruptive power of the technology behind cryptocurrencies, which could have the true staying power. Bitcoin, like many other open coin/token blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, stores details of every single transaction that ever happened in a gigantic general ledger called the blockchain, which is distributed across the internet to all the computers that produce bitcoin.

There are many more potential applications of blockchain technology. It is essentially a database that does not store information at a single computer server or physical location, compared with traditional information databases. Instead, a blockchain is hosted by all of the computers across the network that store the information. This allows for publicly available and readily verifiable information. That is, it allows for transparency of digital assets, but not personally identifiable information.

Fidelity sees several potential ways that blockchain technology could be impactful:

  • Future developments in blockchain could alter financial markets in the same way that the internet did. Just as the internet made sending letters and other information more efficient, blockchain could change the market structure of currencies and perhaps even some aspects of the architecture of the internet itself.
  • Blockchain technology has the potential to complement other emerging technologies—including the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence—creating new industries and financial products.
  • As blockchain technology evolves, it may provide consumers greater access to some financial services and could give customers more control over their financial data.
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Best Bitcoin IRAs and Cryptocurrencies IRAs

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency IRAs are an investment and carry risk. Consumers should be alert to exaggerated claims for growth and income with little risk in any investment, including digital assets. As with any investment, you can lose money, and past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Consumers should also obtain a clear understanding of the fees associated with any investment before agreeing to invest.


Tips for a Wise Cryptocurrency IRA Buyer

A cryptocurrency IRA can be part of your retirement savings, particularly if you want a broadly diversified portfolio. But first, you need to understand the risks. The best Bitcoin IRA companies provide assistance with choosing the right cryptocurrency and trading digital assets in a tax-advantaged account.

Bitcoin, the first digital currency, was designed for secure, low-cost electronic transactions. Today there are thousands of digital currencies, and several are traded within cryptocurrency IRAs, commonly called Bitcoin IRAs. These retirement savings accounts have the same tax breaks other self-directed IRAs offer. You can also trade cryptocurrency in a Roth IRA if you prefer tax-free withdrawals.

Top Bitcoin IRA Tips

  • Do you want to trade independently, or need step-by-step guidance? Choose a cryptocurrency IRA provider with services to match your Bitcoin investing style.
  • A long-term strategy is best to offset fees, with greater potential for higher returns.
  • Avoid so-called “IRS-approved” or “IRA-approved” crypto investments. These are scams.

We evaluated 22 of the most popular cryptocurrency IRA companies to find our top picks. We considered guidance provided to investors, trading platforms, security and ease of opening an IRA. iTrustCapital, Bitcoin IRA, Bitcoin Advizers, BitIRA, Coin IRA, Broad Financial and BlockMint are our best crypto IRA companies.


Cryptocurrency is a relatively new form of investment, so here are some things to think about.

What is a Cryptocurrency IRA?

Cryptocurrency IRAs, also called Bitcoin IRAs, are classified as self-directed IRAs. A custodian holds the assets securely and provides reporting to the IRS, but you choose the investments. An exception to the custodian requirement is a crypto IRA held within a limited liability company (LLC).

Your account manager or custodian can make trades for you, or you’ll use a secure platform to do your trading. Since you invest in cryptocurrency within a self-directed IRA, a professional will not tell you which coins to buy. Instead, you decide what cryptocurrency to buy and sell.

Lesson
You make the buy and sell decisions with a Bitcoin IRA.

A cryptocurrency IRA is tax-sheltered like other self-directed IRAs. You don’t pay capital gains taxes until you start taking distributions during retirement. Your tax bracket should be lower at that time, providing a tax break.

Retirement Savings With a Cryptocurrency IRA

The number of retailers, banks and brokerages accepting cryptocurrency is rising, but the payment type is still very new. The promise of broader acceptance of Bitcoin and other virtual currency provides a potentially lucrative long-term investment. Short-term strategies can turn a quick profit, but this involves speculation best left to professionals to avoid substantial losses.

Cryptocurrency values can be exceptionally volatile, but risk typically flattens with subsequent trades over time. IRAs are intended for long-term investing, so a cryptocurrency IRA can be part of a diversified retirement savings plan.

Lesson
Weigh cryptocurrency risk against your retirement timeline.

Build your portfolio with traditional investments like stocks, bonds and mutual funds before adding cryptocurrency. It’s probably best to allocate a smaller portion of your retirement portfolio to a variety of cryptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency IRA Pros and Cons
ProsCons
Institutional investors starting to buy Bitcoin and other digital currencies
Tax-free growth
High security of a blockchain network
Value enhanced by a finite supply of each cryptocurrency
Potential hedge against economic and market downturns
No FDIC deposit insurance or SIPC protection
High fees for custodial services, optimal security and continuous platform development
Digital currencies are among most volatile investments

The Pros and Cons of Cryptocurrency Investing

We explain some of the advantages and overcoming the potential pitfalls of buying bitcoins below. You should work with a cryptocurrency IRA specialist to become fully educated. You’ll need to learn how cryptocurrency exchanges work; terms like blockchains, digital wallets and cryptography; and assorted security options.

Volatility: Cryptocurrency values are volatile because there’s no certainty that digital coin acceptance will eventually be the same as cash. However, more and more retailers, individuals and institutional investors like large brokerage firms are working with digital currency. The future looks positive for cryptocurrency.

Hackers: While it’s extremely rare, hackers have successfully drained cryptocurrency accounts in the past. Even if your coins stay safe, a hacked exchange can cause all crypto markets to dive within minutes. Cryptocurrency IRA providers build incredible security into their systems. You should be offered cold wallet storage and insurance to cover the value of your account.

Built-in security: Hacking has been uncommon because blockchain technology makes undetected tampering with transaction records nearly impossible. Private keys act as digital signatures, which become invalid if a transaction is altered. The invalidated key notifies the network to prevent loss.

Insurance: The U.S. government provides insurance for deposits and investments through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Cryptocurrency is not covered by the FDIC or SIPC. Most IRA providers specializing in digital assets offer high-value insurance to cover coins in the unlikely event of a breach. The amount of insurance varies between firms, so discuss this before you open an IRA account.

Economics: Bitcoin and other digital currency values are not tied to any commodity. The value is based entirely on people who are willing to own it. The supply of coins is limited for each type of currency, like Ethereum, Bitcoin, Ripple and others. Cryptocurrency is likely to retain its value in times of inflation or other economic influences, but to what degree is unknown.

Other Ways to Add Cryptocurrency to an IRA

If you’re not comfortable opening a cryptocurrency IRA, you can still buy investments offering exposure to digital currency.

  • Bitcoin ETFs are exchange-traded funds offering a basket of cryptocurrencies at one market price. You can buy and sell ETFs throughout the trading day.
  • A mixed cryptocurrency index fund or mutual fund can reduce risk, but read the prospectus to learn fund goals.

The downside to these options is that you don’t get to choose the specific blend of crypto held in your account. You can buy ETFs and index or mutual funds in a self-directed IRA.

Lesson
You can reduce risk with a cryptocurrency fund, but you won’t control the investments.

Another way to profit from cryptocurrency indirectly is to buy stock in companies that benefit from a crypto boom. Use a self-directed IRA to buy stock in semiconductors or payment companies like PayPal and Square. The expanding crypto networks need fast processing power, and companies offering a way to make cryptocurrency payments are likely to grow.

Cryptocurrency IRA Costs

Some cryptocurrency IRA providers simplify costs by charging a one-time or monthly fee. The upfront cost usually covers everything but transactions. You may pay a per-transaction percentage. Arrangements with a monthly charge may be all-inclusive with no transaction fees. However, most cryptocurrency IRAs have these costs:

  • Setup fee
  • Monthly or annual storage fee
  • Custodial or administrative fees
  • Percentage each time you buy or sell digital currency

Fees vary from company to company. Compare services offered as well as costs. If you want a professional making your trades or providing one-to-one assistance, you’ll probably pay more. But the peace of mind you get will be worth the price until you become familiar with trading cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency pricing chart
Cryptocurrency Pricing. Source: Getty


Our Search for the Best Cryptocurrency IRA Companies

Choosing the right cryptocurrency IRA provider can have a significant impact on your retirement savings. We screened companies to find the best options. Our top picks provide resources for learning about the various currency types, exchanges, crypto market influences and security options. Education could involve discussions with an advisor, access to an extensive online library or both.

Our search for the best cryptocurrency IRA companies started with 22 firms. We narrowed our recommendations down to the seven using these steps:

  1. We evaluated company principles.

    We searched for ethical cryptocurrency IRA companies that do not tell clients to invest in any particular coins. This removes any conflict of interest. However, advisors explain options that are right for each client’s goals while considering individual circumstances. Fees had to be readily available online, via chat or with a phone call.

  2. We compared services.

    Our research for selecting the best cryptocurrency IRA companies included an evaluation of services. We looked for companies with new investor support and a hands-off approach for those who want to trade independently. We ensured each company on our list provided complete tax reporting services and secure storage options.

  3. We considered consumer reviews.

    To narrow our search, we read consumer and expert reviews for the top Bitcoin IRA companies. We removed those with low ratings from consideration. We gave weight to companies with high marks for customer service or a unique electronic trading platform.

  4. We gathered information about fees and available cryptocurrency.

    We evaluated each company to find those offering several types of cryptocurrency to clients. Not all cryptocurrency is fit for an IRA, so we filtered out those without this distinction. We chose companies that charged fair prices for service levels.

Any cryptocurrency companies that provided inadequate information about customer service policies were removed. Any companies advertising cryptocurrency as a get-rich-quick strategy were disqualified from our list.


Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin IRA Company Reviews

After our evaluation, our top picks for cryptocurrency IRA companies are: Bitcoin IRA, iTrustCapital, Bitcoin Advizers, Coin IRA, BitIRA and Broad Financial. Each of these companies stood out from the rest in different ways.


Bitcoin IRA

Great Rollover Options |

Bitcoin IRA coordinates exchanges, digital wallets and IRA custodians on behalf of retirement investors. The company oversees cryptocurrency IRA rollovers and provides a 24/7 trading platform. BitGo Trust offline segregated cold storage holds assets with the highest degree of security. Bitcoin IRA covers clients with a $100 million Lloyd’s of London insurance policy.

Bitcoin IRA screenshot

Screenshot: Bitcoin IRA Monthly Price Chart.

Bitcoin IRA offers two unique crypto IRAs. Bitcoin IRA Earn can earn up to 6% annual interest on cash and digital asset holdings. Bitcoin Saver IRA requires a minimum $100 per month contribution, opening cryptocurrency investing to just about anyone. The company also offers gold IRAs, and you can combine precious metals with digital currencies in your account.

Clients benefit from Bitcoin IRA’s cutting-edge trading platform and the ability to always contact a representative for help. Bitcoin IRA also provides an extensive online knowledge base with live currency prices, videos, e-books and tutorials.

To learn more, read our comprehensive Bitcoin IRA Review.

If you are interested in contacting Bitcoin IRA you can visit their website.

iTrustCapital

Great for Trading Platform |

iTrustCapital combines low fees with independent investing for IRA clients who buy and sell cryptocurrencies and gold. The company’s 24/7 trading platform executes orders in real time, and orders are settled within five minutes.

iTrustCapital screenshot

Screenshot: iTrustCapital Products

Most other Bitcoin IRA companies charge custodial, setup and additional fees. iTrustCapital simplifies account management and custodial costs with one monthly $29.95 fee. Beyond that, you pay per-transaction fees of 1% for cryptocurrency or $50 over spot for gold.

iTrustCapital was founded by industry leaders in the alternative investment IRA industry. The trading platform is entirely compliant with IRS standards.

To learn more, check out our comprehensive iTrustCapital Review.

If you are interested learning more about their services, visit the iTrustCapital website.

Bitcoin Advizers

Great Client Implementation |

Bitcoin Advizers representatives have enthusiasm for guiding people through the complexities of investing in cryptocurrency. Clients first discuss their needs, financial situation and feelings about crypto investing. Bitcoin Advizers then recommends the best cryptocurrency for their IRA.

Bitcoin Advizers screenshot

Screenshot: Bitcoin Advizers Asset Value

Bitcoin Advizers emphasizes client education. The chief investment officer works alongside advisors to create the right investment strategy for each client. Advisors provide clear information and help with investment decisions at all times.

Clients receive in-depth annual reviews to revisit their cryptocurrency investing plan and retirement goals. The advisor helps with adjusting the plan and future decisions about buying and selling cryptocurrency.

To learn more, check out our comprehensive iTrustCapital Review.

If you are interested learning more about a cryptocurrency IRA, read our Bitcoin Advizers review or visit their website.

BitIRA Review

Great Security |

BitIRA offers the highest security while you trade cryptocurrency and for assets held in your digital wallet. BitIRA claims to provide the world’s most secure digital currency IRA. Five layers of protection include offline cold storage wallets, multifactor authorization, grade-5 guarded nuclear bunkers, $1 million insurance and Level II Cryptocurrency Security Standards (CCSS).

BitIRA Screenshot

Screenshot: BitIRA Security.

BitIRA takes care of the investing process from start to finish. A digital currency specialist sets up your rollover IRA, executes trades and assists with choosing the best cryptocurrency blend. You retain complete control over your digital currency, while help is always available for selecting assets.

BitIRA offers seven cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Litecoin, Zcash, Stellar Lumens and Bitcoin SV. You’ll need a minimum of $20,000 to invest with BitIRA.

For more details about BitIRA, read out BitIRA Review.

f you are interested in contacting BitIRA you can visit their website.

Coin IRA

Convenient Options |

Coin IRA is a subsidiary of Goldco, a company we recommend in our Best Gold IRA Guide. Coin IRA provides the expertise to bridge communication between clients and exchanges, custodians and crypto wallets. Investors call an account professional to place buy or sell orders for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Coin IRA screenshot

Screenshot: Coin IRA Offered Cryptocurrencies.

Coin IRA walks investors through buying Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Chainlink, Dash, Litecoin, Stellar Lumens, Zcash and other cryptocurrencies. The company utilizes multiple open exchanges for crypto trading and partners with several wallet, storage and custodian companies.

Coin IRA’s website provides information about crypto IRA rules, benefits and current cryptocurrency pricing and a resource section. The resource page explains factors that affect cryptocurrency prices, a news section and real-time charts for Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin.

To learn more, read our comprehensive Coin IRA Review.

Broad Financial

Flexible Checkbook IRAs |

Broad Financial provides self-directed IRAs with checkbook control. Checkbook control can be ideal for experienced investors who want the highest level of control over retirement investments. Broad Financial can set you up with an IRA that holds cryptocurrency, gold, real estate and various other assets.

Broad Financial Youtube screenshot

Screenshot: Broad Financial Youtube Video

The setup fee for a Broad Financial account with checkbook control is $1,295. You’ll also pay $80 per quarter to maintain the IRA. The upfront cost is high, but you’ll save on trading fees and have real-time access to funds.

Frequent traders can save substantially on fees with a Broad Financial checkbook control account. Buy and sell orders require no custodian, and account funding options are via credit card, debit card or checkbook.

Broad Financial offers other types of IRAs, and Solo 401(k) accounts for self-employed investors. Clients can take loans from a Solo 401(k) account and use a checking account for flexible trading.

To learn more about, read our comprehensive Broad Financial Review.

BlockMint IRA

Lowest Minimum Investment |

BlockMint is part of Lear Capital, a company with over 20 years of experience in the alternative investment business. BlockMint offers expert guidance and secure tools to simplify setting up a cryptocurrency IRA.

BlockMint screenshot

Screenshot: BlockMint Live Pricing.

BlockMint’s website explains the three steps to establish and fund an account. The site also offers a guide to building cryptocurrency retirement savings and current industry news. You’ll also find real-time prices for Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin.

The minimum investment in a BlockMint IRA is $10,000. When you buy cryptocurrency, you’ll pay BlockMint 15%, but you may qualify for a volume discount. Custodial transaction fees are 2.5% when you buy assets and 1% when you sell. The secure storage and maintenance fee is $195 annually, with a monthly storage fee equal to 0.05% of the account balance.

For more information, read our BlockMint review.


Frequently Asked Questions about Cryptocurrency IRAs


How does a bitcoin exchange work with my cryptocurrency IRA?

Your cryptocurrency IRA uses an online platform called an exchange to bring buyers and sellers together. A bitcoin or cryptocurrency exchange is like a stock market, but with bid and ask prices for digital currency. A crypto IRA specialist can help you choose the best exchange based on security and other factors.

Is there a minimum number of coins required to buy bitcoin?

Cryptocurrency IRA companies require a minimum amount to open an account, but there’s typically no minimum number of coins to buy. At the time this guide was published, one bitcoin cost over $33,000. Fortunately, you can buy just one coin or a fraction of a bitcoin. Fractional shares are available for other cryptocurrencies as well.

What is a cryptocurrency IRA custodian?

An IRA custodian is an IRS-approved financial institution that provides tax reporting and other account management. The IRS requires annual reports for all IRAs, whether you take distributions or not. Most cryptocurrency IRA companies work directly with a custodian, so you do not have to choose one.

What does the IRS say about cryptocurrency IRAs?

At this time, the IRS has no specific cryptocurrency IRA regulations. However, the IRS considers cryptocurrency to be taxable property, making it eligible as an IRA investment.

How are assets stored in a cryptocurrency IRA?

Cryptocurrency storage is called a wallet. Your wallet consists of encryption software to protect your account information and keep track of your currencies. Cold wallets are the most secure. These are self-contained hard drives, much like a USB thumb drive, that hold account data and encryption.


Concluding Thoughts on Cryptocurrency IRAs


Bottom Line:
Consumers should take time to understand the rewards and risks of cryptocurrency.

Some financial professionals strongly advocate buying cryptocurrency, while others advise staying out of the Bitcoin market. However, investing in cryptocurrency could provide significant returns in the future and a hedge against losses when other markets fall. It’s wise to start with a small cryptocurrency IRA investment after you accumulate traditional retirement assets.

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