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May Housing Starts And Self Directed IRA Considerations

Housing Starts are a key economic indicator as to how well the housing market is performing. It is a indicator of building an the level of building in relation to consumer demand for homes. The May 2012 Housing Starts numbers remain 69% below the 2006 peak. The housing numbers clearly show that home starts, and […]

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The End Of Cheap Oil And The Self Directed IRA

We’ve recently seen a significant decline in the price of oil. This has brought gas prices from north of $4 per gallon to the mid to high $3 per gallon range. This has people cheering as it saves them a few bucks each month. However, if you step back from the forest you will notice […]

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The US Outlook And Your Self Directed IRA

Despite the many negative macro economic factors that are negatively impacting the US and the US recovery, the US is in relatively better shape than other countries. This may sound contradictory to some of our prior blog postings, but its not when we compare the US to other countries. So, we thought we would highlight […]

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The Self Directed IRA Update

We hate to continue being such a doom and gloom type with the blog, but here we are half way through June and the economic news is not getting better – its getting worse. Greece – Greece is clearly heading for a breakup and even withdrawal from the European Union. Greece can’t even borrow money. […]

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Potential Fed Moves And Your Self Directed IRA

This week Ben Bernanke was in front of congress being asked if he was going to be engaging in QE3 or some other form of intervention. In true political avoidance tactics, Bernanke basically replied by stating that the Fed stood at the ready should conditions warrant. He pointed out that the Fed still does have […]

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Self Directed IRA Inflation Reality Check

We’ve discussed the fact the government uses completely misleading and bogus numbers for their economic metrics (e.g. unemployment, inflation, etc.). We have specifically commented on how the inflation figures that the White and the Fed tout are not representative of reality and what people feel or experience on a daily basis. Because of the critical […]

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Self Directed IRA Economic Update – How About That Jobs Number!

This past week we saw one of the fingers of instability give away in the form of a very poor jobs numbers. To be specific, there were only 69,000 new jobs added last month. This number came in at about 1/2 of the recent average and expectations. As you can see from the chart below, […]

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What The Purchasing Manager Index Means To Your Self Directed IRA

The Chicago PMI dropped to 52.7 in May. This reading has dropped over the last three months. The index is at its lowest level since September 2009. Readings above 50 suggest the economy is still expanding. However, as a general rule three straight monthly declines directly correspond to the onset of each of the last seven […]

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Self Directed IRA Real Estate Trends

Real estate has and continues to be a key holding in a large percentage of self directed IRAs. We saw the activity level high in pre-2008 and now, we see that level coming back, but for different reasons. Below we will look at a couple of key metrics to give you an idea as to […]

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Check Your Self Directed IRA – There May Be A 100% Chance of a Global Recession

This past week on CNBC, economist Marc Faber stated that he believes that there is a 100% chance of a global recession over the next 12 months. “I think we could have a global recession either in Q4 or early 2013.” When asked what were the odds, Faber replied, “100%.” Faber’s bearish market calls have […]

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