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What Changes are Coming in 2020 for Social Security?

A new year often brings slight changes to some of America’s most popular programs, and Social Security is no exception. The amount each beneficiary should expect to receive in 2020 will be slightly higher (like many years), after inflation adjustments. And taxes may affect different swaths of the population. The program is an important piece […]

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Qualified for Both? SEP IRA vs Solo 401K

Both the SEP IRA and the Solo 401K are self-employed retirement plans. They can be established by legal entities (in this context, often S corporations) or they can be established by individuals that have self-employed income. That self-employment income generally must come through a sole proprietorship or through a limited liability company (LLC) that is […]

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Understanding Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

Get a better understanding of what REITs are and how you can incorporate them into your trading or investing strategy. What are REITs? A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is a security that trades like a stock on the major exchanges and owns—and in most cases operates—income-producing real estate or related assets. Many REITs are […]

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Inflation Can and Will Deplete Your Self-Directed IRA Income – How to Fight it

Inflation is something most Americans don’t think about much, but it has a significant influence on all of our financial lives. Not only does inflation impact the prices of consumer goods; but the federal government also uses it as a benchmark in determining whether to increase contribution limits to qualified retirement plans or to raise […]

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Using a Self-Directed IRA to Invest in a Private Company

The Internal Revenue Service puts few restrictions on what assets you can own in an individual retirement arrangement. You can’t use your self-directed IRA to buy life insurance, collectibles, jewelry, alcoholic beverages or some forms of precious metals. But there’s nothing in the law that says you can’t buy an interest in a closely held […]

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What is a SIMPLE IRA and Who’s Eligible to Open One?

The SIMPLE in SIMPLE IRA stands for “Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees.” This retirement savings plan is a type of traditional IRA that is geared towards self-proprietors and small business owners. Unlike SEP IRAs, where only the employer can make contributions, employees are allowed to contribute part of their pre-tax compensation to their SIMPLE […]

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Contributing to a 401K and an IRA is Allowed, and Why You Should Do It

What we’re discussing in this article: Eligibility of who can contribute to a Roth IRA and a 401K – there are income limits for a Roth IRA, see if you qualify below Other combinations of IRA types like SEP IRAS or Traditional IRAs if it makes sense for you tax-wise An explanation of pretax and […]

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