In 2017, the stock market boomed as our country enjoyed encouraging economic growth and sizeable corporate profits. So far in 2018, stocks are continuing to perform well, hopefully adding much-needed funds to your retirement account. Another year to achieve desired returns in your IRA. Another year closer to the day you walk out of that office door for the very last time. Right?
Simply put ... a self-directed Individual Retirement Account is an IRA which allows alternative investments for retirement savings. For regular IRAs, these options usually include stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. With a truly self-directed IRA, the term "self-directed" refers to the unlimited options of alternative investments available to you.
If you are not comfortable with the ups and downs of the stock market and want more control in directing your IRA dollars ... then let's explore the answers behind the popular question, "What is a Self-Directed IRA?"
Here's what to expect in this article:
- The advantages of having a self-directed IRA
- The investment options available in a self-directed IRA
- The prohibited transactions to avoid in your self-directed IRA
- The differences between a basic IRA custodian and a self-directed IRA custodian
- Answers to frequently asked questions about self-directed IRAs
If you’re familiar with multifamily real estate investing, this could be the ticket to your potential financial freedom in retirement. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA lets you take a more hands-on approach to growing your retirement funds. And, multifamily properties present great potential to help you build that critical wealth.
The IRS goes to great lengths to explain the penalties of your IRA dealing with disqualified persons. These prohibited transactions can incur penalty, taxation, and even the loss of the tax-sheltered status of your account. However, there’s one investing tactic these regulations do allow that may surprise you, and that’s partnering IRA funds with a disqualified person.
Partnering funds to invest is not a new practice. Many investors pool funds for a few reasons. Doing so decreases an investor’s liability should the venture run amok. Partnerships also help individuals acquire lucrative assets they’re unable to alone. This maneuver can also work in terms of partnering your IRA funds with other IRAs to invest.
Did you max out the contribution limits in your IRA for 2017? If not, you still have time. In fact, you can make last-minute contributions to your IRA for 2017 and get a head-start on your contributions for 2018 right now, before you file taxes for 2017.
Real estate investing is by far the most popular method savvy investors use to earn income, whether personally or in their IRAs. Those who have plenty of capital in their self-directed plans can easily invest in residential, commercial, and other property such as land or vacation rentals. But, if you’re account isn’t flush with adequate funding for large acquisitions, have no fear. There is an option you can take advantage of with limited funds: tax lien investments.
Any new venture can be intimidating, and that’s certainly the case with real estate investing. I hear questions constantly from new or prospective investors who are worried about risk. Sure, there are horror stories about investors who lost it all, but if you play your cards right and put a few safeguards in place, you are very unlikely to encounter issues.
In order to mitigate risk in real estate investing, you should know that you can’t do it alone.
It’s important to build a strong team that is well versed in the areas that you are not. Without the right team in place, you’re likely to make some mistakes.
It’s also incredibly important to not overspend.
Don’t overspend on the purchase of the property. Don’t go overboard with upgrades either. When you pour too much into your properties, you’re decreasing your overall return. Check out my videos on the top three renovations that are a waste of money, as well as how to determine how much to spend on a rehab!
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Sometimes fate steps in, the stars align, and the universe smiles on you as you bask in the glow of your winning lottery ticket. For most of us, this is not the case. As with everything in life, your chance of having a successful outcome is directly dependent on setting achievable goals, having a solid, down-to-earth plan, and the resolve to stick to the resolutions that you’ve made. This can seem overwhelming, especially when planning for retirement. But, the first step is to make a commitment to start saving and investing in a retirement plan. Your golden years will arrive before you know it, and our top 5 wealth-building resolutions can help you get prepared.