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The Advanta Self-Directed IRA Blog

Build Green by Going Green in a Self-Directed IRA

Posted by Jack Callahan on Apr 19, 2017 8:40:55 AM

With Earth Day coming up, are you concerned about the environment and the impact of your own carbon footprint on the world? Do you worry when you hear daily reports about the ramifications of global warming, yet wonder what you can do about it? Did you know that besides making physical changes to help preserve the environment, you can also invest in options and companies who desire to do the same? You can even earn retirement income by going green when choosing assets for your self-directed IRA.  

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Topics: Alternative Investments, Self-Directed IRA

Earn Tax-Free Income with Alternative Assets in Your IRA

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 24, 2017 8:40:40 AM

You work hard for your money. Why not have more control over where it’s invested? With an Advanta self-directed IRA, you can break free from conventional investing that is limited to stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Adding alternative assets to your portfolio can help you build tax-free income for retirement, and this diversity can also help protect your retirement wealth.

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Topics: Alternative Investments, Self-Directed IRA

Rules for Real Estate IRAs

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Real estate is the number one asset in self-directed IRAs. When you are able to choose the type of property you want to use to grow retirement income, you have many diverse options at your fingertips. Property assets can offer a solid hedge against the volatility of the stock market and investors also have the potential to earn gains from appreciation over time, which is why real estate is the number one asset in self-directed IRAs.

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Topics: Real Estate IRA, Retirement Planning, Self-Directed IRA

Retirement Planning: Have You Found Your Pot of Gold?

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Investments in gold have been popular for hundreds of years. Although you can invest in gold futures, ETFs, and mutual funds—the hard asset itself is favored by many investors in the form of coins and bullion. For individuals who want to secure these assets to enhance retirement planning efforts, they can do so using self-directed IRAs.

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Topics: Precious Metals, Retirement Planning, Industry News

Does the Luck of the Irish Play a Part in Your Retirement Plan?

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The average American is lacking in retirement funds, and saving can be a definite challenge in today's economy. Recent reports reflect that nearly half of Americans are distressingly unprepared for retirement and will face difficulty maintaining their standard of living in their golden years. But, with a little luck and proper planning, you can defy these statistics.

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Don’t be Late for That Very Important Retirement Plan Contribution Due Date

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You have until April 18, 2017 to make the deadline (or file an extension) for submitting your income taxes to the IRS. You also have until that date to open and/or contribute to a few retirement plans if you want those contributions to count on 2016’s tax returns.

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Topics: Retirement Planning, Industry News, Contributions & Distributions

How Safe Are Your Retirement Savings if the Stock Market Takes a Tumble?

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

What goes up must come down is a cliché that’s been around forever. In the investing world, this saying is often used as words of warning regarding the stock market. When it falls, eventually it rises. When it rises, eventually…it falls. And, even if it doesn’t completely crash, you need to have a good idea about how safe your retirement savings are if the stock market takes a tumble.

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Topics: Retirement Planning, Self-Directed IRA

Did You Know You Can Invest in Stocks with Your Self-Directed IRA?

Posted by Jack Callahan on Mar 3, 2017 2:34:42 PM

Self-directed IRAs are able to use a plethora of alternative investments to build retirement income. Alternative assets include real estate, private equity, futures and forex trading, farm land, timberland, private mortgages, and much more. However, traditional assets, like stocks, are also permissible in these accounts.

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Topics: Self-Directed IRA, Industry News

Self-Directed IRAs Are the Retirement Investor’s Ultimate Do-It-Yourself Plans

Posted by Jack Callahan on Feb 24, 2017 7:00:00 AM

Are you a fan of do-it-yourself projects? Do you like to maintain a bit of control over the things you can in life? Did you know you can take control of your retirement funds and investing decisions? Well, you can if you use a self-directed IRA.

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Do You Know What to Do if You Inherit an IRA?

Posted by Jack Callahan on Feb 17, 2017 6:09:00 PM

There are several things you should know if you inherit an IRA. Not knowing the proper way to handle these funds can be costly and defeat the purpose of your benefactor in wanting leave you their hard-earned savings. The rules differ for spouses and non-spouses (such as children), but understanding them can be helpful and save you a bit of money.

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Topics: Retirement Planning, Traditional IRA