Fund your Alto CryptoIRA with a cash contribution, IRA transfer, or 401(k) rollover at any time following the steps:
- Log into your Alto CryptoIRA account and select Transfer Funds from the top of your dashboard
- Select Into Alto from the drop down menu
- Start the Transfer. From the Account Type drop down menu, you’ll see the following:
- Make a cash contribution from a bank account. Select this option if you would like to transfer cash from a checking or savings account. Continue the next steps by clicking on this guide.
- Traditional IRA. Select this option if you would like to move funds from an existing Traditional IRA.
- SIMPLE IRA. Select this option if you would like to move funds from an existing SIMPLE IRA.
- SEP IRA. Select this option if you would like to move funds from an existing SEP IRA.
- 401(k). Select this option if you would like to move funds from an existing 401(k).
- 403(b). Select this option if you would like to move funds from an existing 403(b).
- 457(b). Select this option if you would like to move funds from an existing 457(b).
- After selecting your Account Type:
- Select your Custodian
- Enter your Account Number
- Select your Transfer Amount
- Select your Delivery Method
- Then Confirm & Sign your Transfer of Assets
- You're almost done! All custodians require a current account statement to be faxed along with the Transfer of Assets form. Select the account statement you would like to upload and, once you have successfully uploaded the document, click Submit.
- If your custodian requires a wet signature, medallion signature or only accepts Transfer of Asset Forms via US Mail, you’ll be prompted to follow a few additional steps before finishing the transfer process (see Wet Signature, Medallion Stamps, and Physical Mail section below).
From here, we’ll send the Transfer of Assets paperwork to your custodian to initiate the transfer into your new AltoIRA. This can take a few days, and timelines can vary depending on your custodian. While it's not necessary, it always helps if you call your custodian to inform them of the transfer and certify that you initiated it.
Wet Signatures, Medallion Stamps and Physical Mail
Some custodians require you to sign your Transfer of Assets form physically (wet signature), procure a medallion stamp from a local bank and/or mail your Transfer of Asset form directly to them.
Each of these has a slightly different flow within the Alto platform, and we'll walk through these below.
13. Wet Signature
A majority of custodians require what is referred to as a wet signature on Transfer of Assets paperwork. After you complete the DocuSign portion of the Transfer of Assets process, the steps are as follows:
- Print the Signature Page of your Transfer of Assets form.
- Using black ink, sign your name next to your e-signature in the OWNER'S INK SIGNATURE box, not the PRINT OWNER NAME line (see below). Custodians may delay or reject asset transfers if the wet signature is placed on the PRINT OWNER NAME or OWNER'S E-SIGNATURE line.
- Scan the document you just signed, and upload it to Alto as "Wet Signed Version."
- Click Submit, and then you'll be prompted to upload a recent account statement (see 14 below). Once you upload and Submit, we'll initiate the transfer with your existing custodian.
14. Medallion Stamp Guarantee
A small percentage of custodians require what is referred to as a Medallion Stamp on Transfer of Assets paperwork. While rare, it's relatively easily:
- After completing the Docusign portion of the Transfer of Assets process, the platform will prompt you to print the Transfer of Assets form and take it to a local bank, where you will sign in front of a bank employee so that they can verify your identity and provide you with a Medallion Stamp Guarantee.
- Now that you've secured your medallion stamp, scan the signature page of the Transfer of Assets form in color and upload it to your pending funds transfer.
- Lastly, as with all transfers, you will need to upload a recent account statement (see 8. above). Once you've completed this step, we will initiate the transfer process with your custodian!
15. Physical Mail
In some cases, your custodian may require you to mail your transfer of asset paperwork physically. Alto will provide you with your custodian's mailing address and alert you once funds have been transferred.