When you open Solo 401k with checkbook control (commonly referred to as self-directed Solo 401k or Individual 401k), here is the outcome:
Variety of Investment Types
Solo 401k checkbook control affords option to invest in alternative investment such as real estate (e.g., rentals, commercial real estate, etc.), notes (secured or unsecured), precious metals (gold—coins or bars, silver, etc.), private stock, tax liens, currency trading, and much more including equities.
Serve as Trustee when you open Solo 401k
Solo 401k plan names you trustee, thereby allowing you to make all investment decisions as well as custody the alternative investments.
Checkbook control at local bank or through brokerage account
As trustee of your Solo 401k, you have checkbook control when you open solo 401k so that you, as trustee of solo 401k, can make alternative investment purchases for solo 401k by writing a check. Checkbook control can be accomplished through your local bank or brokerage account at TD Ameritrade, Fidelity or Schwab, but only if you use a Solo 401k providers plan documents that specifically allow for alternative investments. Contact MySolo401k.net as our documents allow for alternative investments, and we have the necessary forms for establishing a brokerage account with checkbook control.
Participant Loan (borrow from Solo 401k)
You have option to borrow through a participant Solo 401k loan up to 50% of your Solo 401k value not to exceed $50,000. The loan term is 5 years if funds will be used for any purpose, and 10 or 15 years if used for purchase of primary residence.