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A Breakdown of Retirement Terms and What They Mean

Don’t let the retirement industry terms confuse you, or deter you from pursuing your own retirement account. Here are a handful of the must-know terms to help you get your toes into the pool. Custodian An IRA custodian is a financial institution like a bank, credit union or trust company that acts as a bank. IRA custodians […]

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Real Estate Update – Housing and The Self Directed IRA

The recent housing starts for October 2012 shows a 3.6% improvement. The south and midwest regions of the country are showing the most robustness. The chart below shows the historical housing starts numbers. Chart: Housing Starts What we see if that the bottom has been formed with clear support. Starting in Jan 2012 we see […]

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Why Gold Went Up Now With The Feds QE3 – What This Means For Self Directed IRAs

This past week the Fed announced that it would engaged in a continuous stimulus program from now through 2015 due to the continued weak and anemic labor market. The Fed committed to a monthly outlay of $40B to purchase mortgage backed securities. the theory here being that this will help stimulate housing and subsequently the […]

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June Housing Numbers (Corrected) and Your Self Directed IRA

Monthly changes in June home sales showed a decline of 8.4% for new homes, a decline of 5.4% for existing homes. Though large on a monthly basis, in the big scheme of things there numbers were not meaningful.  Both numbers continue to show a developed and established pattern of low-level stagnation. Weakness in homes sales […]

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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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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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Is It Time For Rental Property In Your Self-Directed IRA

The housing crisis and global economic shock has and will forever change the psyche of the average American for decades to come. No longer is the thought of renting seen as a shortcoming for not striving or attaining the American dream. Renting is now a necessity for many and a financial practicality. Home ownership is […]

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