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Holding Crypto in your IRA

Feb 16, 2022

Harnessing the Future of Crypto

Cryptocurrencies have exploded in popularity over the last few years and are now into the mainstream. Are you a believer in the long-term prospects of cryptocurrencies? Do you want to invest your crypto in a potentially tax-sheltered vehicle to save for retirement?

If your answer to those questions is yes, you may want to consider opening a crypto-enabled TradeStation IRA. Many investors do not know how IRAs containing crypto are structured or are blind to the fact that they exist in the first place. Long-term crypto bulls planning for retirement should be encouraged because crypto-enabled IRAs are structured in the same manner as IRAs for other asset classes. Meaning you have the flexibility to choose between a Roth or Traditional IRA while reaping the potential benefits of contributing and investing to a tax-advantaged investment vehicle, so long as you qualify.

Opening a Crypto-Enabled IRA with TradeStation

For those investors interested in holding crypto in a TradeStation IRA, the steps are straightforward. Simply click the link at the bottom of this article to begin the account opening process. Regardless of whether you are a new or existing client, opening an IRA containing crypto requires you to go through a specific account opening process since IRA accounts are separate from other investment accounts.

How can I Fund my IRA?

Once your account has been opened, you have your choice of several different funding methods. Traditional funding methods such as smart transfers, checks, wires, or electronic (ACAT) transfers are available. You also have the option to roll-over an existing IRA from another institution.

Trade, Learn and Build Your Portfolio with TradeStation Crypto

After you’ve opened your Crypto-enabled IRA at TradeStation, you can buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies and stable coins including, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDC.

Why TradeStation Crypto?

TradeStation Crypto has leveraged decades of experience (gained from our sister company TradeStation Securities), to bring you lightning-fast trade execution, deep-liquidity, an array of technical indicators, and client support which is just a phone call away. Eliminate the need to fumble around during tax season by taking advantage of easy tax reporting through Equity Trust. Gain access to our award-winning* platform on our desktop platform or mobile app if you wish to monitor your account on the go.

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Important Information

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Equities, equity options, and commodity futures products and services are offered by TradeStation Securities, Inc. Cryptocurrency and digital asset products and services are offered by TradeStation Crypto, Inc. The assets in your TradeStation IRA accounts are assets of a custodial IRA account established with a third-party IRA custodian selected by you.

Investing in cryptocurrencies involves significant risks. See for more information on investing and trading in cryptocurrencies.

Investing in securities also involves risks. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. There is a possibility that you may sustain a loss equal to or greater than your entire investment regardless of which asset class you trade (equities, options, futures, or digital assets); therefore, you should not invest or risk money that you cannot afford to lose. Before trading any asset class, first read the relevant risk disclosure statements on the Important Documents page, found here:


Any potential tax advantages or benefits will depend on your circumstances. The information provided here is for information purposes only. It is not intended to constitute tax advice that may be relied upon to avoid penalties under any federal, state, local, or other tax statutes or regulations and does not resolve any tax issues in your favor. Visit to review IRS Publication 590-A and IRS Publication 590-B regarding Contributions to and Distributions from Individual Retirement Accounts for additional information. Consult your tax professional about your individual tax situation.


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