IRAs are one of several ways you finance your retirement. You may have a pension plan and/or Social Security benefits along with personal savings, but IRAs play a critical role in your savings strategy to retire in style.
The purpose of a Roth IRA is for you to save for retirement. However, the IRS allows a bit of flexibility within these accounts that make them highly attractive. For example (and providing you qualify) you can take penalty-free withdrawals for buying a home for the first time, medical expenses, college, and even for emergencies. Read on to discover the top features and benefits these retirement plans offer.
Roth IRA conversions allow you to move some or all of the funds from your traditional IRA account into a Roth account. If you’re going to convert, you must do so by December 31st of the tax-reporting year. And, as you know, that deadline is coming up for 2018, so if you want to convert, now is the time. But, take note: tax law changes regarding these transactions no longer allow recharacterizations for accounts set up after 2017.
We live in a world of instant gratification. We want what we want, when we want it, and with today’s technology, we usually get it. But, there are exceptions to this rule, and achieving the desired returns on the investments in our retirement plans is one of them. If this describes you, then read on, because we’re going to explain how you can make some changes now to put yourself on the path to achieve success in building your retirement finances.
As you may already know, when people feel stressed, they turn to unhealthy habits such as poor eating, smoking, drinking, and often lose sleep. Your health today will directly impact what your future quality of life will be when you retire. And, the financial decisions you make now are important to enjoying financial freedom in your retirement years.
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.