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Know Your Business Retirement Accounts: Simple IRA, SEP, Solo 401K and ESOP (Updated for 2021)

Being aware of the different types of self-employed retirement accounts that are available to you is important to get the most out of your retirement and retirement planning. The accounts that are available to most employees are your typical IRA and 401K with Roth and Traditional kickers. However, your account options are much more plentiful […]

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How and When a Hardship Withdrawal is Allowed in an IRA or 401K

First off, what is a hardship withdrawal? A hardship withdrawal is defined as an emergency withdrawal of retirement funds from a retirement plan. This type of distribution can be allowed without penalty from retirement savings vehicles like Traditional IRAs or 401Ks, given that specific requirements are met. It’s important to note that even if all […]

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A Look at the 2021 IRA Contribution Limits (updated for 2021)

Contribution limits for self-directed IRAs largely remain the same for 2021 as they were for 2020. As of 2020 and now through 2020, annual contribution limits are at $6,000 for savers under 50, and an annual contribution of $7,000 for those 50 or over. It’s important to note that these limits apply across all IRA […]

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How to Navigate your First 401(k)/Retirement Plan

Whether you’ve just started your first corporate gig, or if you’ve just been thinking about securing your future, you’ve probably heard the term “401(k)” thrown around a lot, and how you should open one that’s being offered through your workplace. So what is a 401(k) exactly? 401(k) in a Nutshell Having the (k) in its […]

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Owning and Operating a Self-Directed 401K 101

Ever heard of a self-directed 401K? It might be what you need. It’s not very common for employers to offer a self-directed 401K, more than likely you’ve been contributing to an employer-sponsored 401K. While there are similarities, they’re both retirement savings vehicles, and they follow the same rules, but the fundamental difference is that there’s […]

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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 of […]

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Self-Directed IRA Rollover Terminology Broken Down

Rollovers are the most common way to transfer funds within retirement accounts. Transfers and rollovers are transactions that allows for the movement of assets between IRAs and 401K plans. Let’s go over the basic terminology. Direct Rollover A Direct Rollover is generally used when moving funds from an employer plan (like a former employer 401K) […]

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