How to Navigate your First 401K/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 Rules – Self-Dealing

There are many benefits that come with self-directed IRA accounts. Namely tax advantages and the ability to invest in non-traditional investments with your retirement accounts. In order to fully maximize the benefits that come from self-directed retirement accounts, you must follow the self-directed IRA rules and 401k rules. One rule to remember that can be […]

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How Much Money Should You Have in Your Retirement Accounts?

Saving for retirement can seem so frustrating and out of your hands. There are so many things you can do to make sure you are involved with your own retirement. You can even invest your retirement how you want with a with a self directed account. Self directed accounts can be IRA or 401Ks. What […]

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Disqualified Persons in Regards to Self-Directed IRAs and 401ks

You will want to set up a self-directed IRA account if you plan to invest in gold, real estate or other businesses with an IRA. Setting up an account is fast and easy, but when it comes to investing in your self-directed IRA or 401k it can be a bit trickier. You have to make […]

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Q3-2012 Precious Metals Self Directed IRA Update

The World Gold Council just released their Q3-2012 Gold update. We thought that we would review some of the highlights. Q3 Summary Gold (US$/oz) returned 11.1% in the third quarter as investors responded to further central bank measures aimed at stimulating the economy. Volatility decreased during the period, with gold prices experiencing little movement in […]

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Inflation Shows Its Taking Hold And What This Means For Self Directed IRAs

Wholesale inflation shows that prices increased by 4.7% for energy related goods and 0.2% for food. That is a total of 4.9% annual increase in the price of energy and foods. Core inflation (what the good ‘ol Fed and government uses) shows around 2.3%. What does this mean? What these numbers reflect is: 1. Inflation […]

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The Sept Jobs Number – Self Directed IRA Update

The Sept 2012 jobs numbers came out and shows a decline in unemployment to 7.8% — down from 8.1%. Really? Does this seem plausible. The net number of new jobs created was 114,000. That is a very low, weak number and is not even enough to maintain steady state for the overall economy. So what’s […]

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