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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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The Importance of Diversification of Your IRA Portfolio

Whether you’re new to the investing game or a novice, there’s something that everyone needs to learn, and that’s diversification of assets. Diversification is fundamental, not only for your portfolio’s sake, but also for your future retirement’s sake. When you have a self-directed IRA, and the investment options available to you are practically limitless, that’s […]

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What are Futures and How Can They be Utilized in Your IRA

  Futures trading involves buying and selling contracts for agricultural commodities, foreign currency, metals and other items whose price fluctuates from day to day. Futures traders make money by betting that prices will go up or down and trading the right to buy or sell at a given price. While futures trading is not expressly […]

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What You Need to Know About Annuities in an IRA

What are annuities and IRAs? How do they differ? IRA is short for “individual retirement account,” an account that you can use to purchase stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other assets to build a retirement nest egg. There are two types of IRAs, traditional and Roth. Traditional IRA: You contribute pretax dollars — in 2019 […]

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Self-Directed 401K Plans Broken Down and Explained

  A self-directed 401K lets you invest as you see fit. You can choose your own mutual funds, stocks and bonds rather than sticking to the pre-made funds typically associated with a retirement savings account. You can even invest in more unconventional assets like real estate and commodities if your employer allows it. The types […]

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How The SECURE Act May Impact Your Retirement Savings Account

  If you have money in either a IRA or 401K, you probably already know that eventually you’ll have to take that money out and pay taxes on it, if those accounts are Traditional retirement savings account. But the rules for taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) have always been confusing, especially because they require you […]

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