Clients who invest their retirement accounts in unconventional assets—such as real estate, precious metals, private equity or virtual currency like bitcoin—could be placing their savings at risk, according to a new report.

The report, from the Government Accountability Office, found that retirement accounts allowing such unconventional investments increase the responsibilities of the account owners in ways they may not understand. Those mistakes could trigger additional taxes and tax penalties. On top of that, account custodians can prematurely close an account or let valueless assets and fraud go undetected because they didn’t determine the value of unconventional assets accurately.

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