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Starting at the Basics with Self-Directed Individual Retirement Accounts

A self-directed individual retirement account is an account held with a custodian that allows investments in a range of alternative assets inside of that account. Depending upon what your custodian allows, these could include IRAs (both Traditional and Roth accounts), SEP-IRAs and Solo 401Ks. Why a self-directed individual retirement account? A self-directed individual retirement account, […]

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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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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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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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