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5 Reasons You Need to Start Self-Directing Your Retirement

by IRAR Trust Company on (August 15, 2019)

Once upon a time, self-directed IRAs were an unknown niche of the investment market— accounts that only the rich were utilizing to build wealth.  Nowadays, though they aren’t the standard retirement option, they’re way more popular— your financial advisor may have even heard of them! Because alternative assets are going mainstream (and unlike traditional retirement accounts, these investments are allowed in a self-directed IRA), the popularity of self-directed IRAs continues to grow. For good reason. The freedom to diversify retirement savings gives investors more chances to build wealth faster while protecting their savings from the volatile stock market.

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The Self-Directed SEP IRA: How to Save & Invest More— Faster

by IRAR Trust Company on (August 8, 2019)

If you’re self-employed or a small business owner looking for a way to save for retirement, SEP IRAs are an excellent option to consider. Easy to set up and maintain, SEPs are retirement saving without the hassle —plus the added bonus of much higher contribution limits, so you can save and invest more, faster.

So wait, that’s easier set-up and more savings? If that sounds like your dream IRA, here’s what you need to know:

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Real Estate IRA

Private Placements in IRAs: Why So Popular With Investors?

by IRAR Trust Company on (August 1, 2019)

Private placements —stocks, bonds, or securities sold on the private market, instead of on the public exchange— make up a huge portion of our clients’ IRAs. An extremely popular investment, they’re one of our most popular (next to real estate), as typically they aren’t offered at regular retirement providers like Fidelity or Schwab. Investors use private placements to use their retirement savings to fund start-ups, technology, business expansions, and more in exchange for stock options and equity not available to the general public. An excellent opportunity with a market primed for investment, and self-directed IRAs make it possible.

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Topics: Private Placements/LLCs

Self-Directed IRA? It's Easy If You Do It Smart

by IRAR Trust Company on (July 24, 2019)

If you’ve been self-directing your IRA (or thinking about it!), you may have heard how hard it is to work with self-directed custodians— but that’s only true of SOME self-directed custodians. Though some companies are known for overcharging while under-providing (or just being plain hard to get ahold of), we promise that’s not true for every self-directed company.

Don’t let a few bad apples chase you away from a great opportunity to invest. Don’t give up on self-directing your future. Not all custodians are the same, we all do things differently.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules

Guide to Due Diligence For Self-Directed IRA Investors

by IRAR Trust Company on (July 18, 2019)

With a self-directed IRA, you can pick your own investments based on your own experience and expertise. This gives you the freedom to grow and build your retirement in ways most investors never imagine! But with this freedom comes some added responsibility— specifically, you need to vet your own investments. That’s not something IRAR or another self-directed IRA custodian can do for you, you’ll need to do it yourself.


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Topics: Due Diligence, Self Directed IRA Rules

Why It's So Important to Name a Beneficiary for Your Self-Directed IRA

by Amanda Horstmann, Operations Specialist on (June 26, 2019)

Who do you want to inherit your IRA?

Most people know the answer to that question, but often those same people don’t have their beneficiaries set up. It might seem like a small thing, but if you don’t have this properly set-up (or worse, have the wrong person listed) your IRA could end up stuck in probate or going to a different person than you planned.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, IRA & Taxes, Beneficiary IRAs

How To Guide: Divide Your Self-Directed IRA Due to Divorce

by Connie Corpuz, Real Estate Associte on (June 19, 2019)

Unfortunately, sometimes people get divorced. It’s not fun, but it happens. If it does, you need to consider all the assets that need to be divided— and that includes your self-directed IRA (and IRAR’s here to help).

We do our best to keep this process as simple as possible. Splitting your self-directed IRA due to divorce doesn’t have to be a confusing or time-consuming process, even if everything else involved in this process sometimes feels that way.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Transfers & Rollovers, Distributions (RMD)

How to Sell the Real Estate Assets in Your Self Directed IRA

by IRAR Trust Company on (May 24, 2019)

If you need to sell real estate held in your self directed IRA, you’ve come to the right place. It’s not hard, you just have to know what to do. Most real estate IRA investors need to do it at some point, whether to make a tidy profit after fixing up a run-down property or a long-term buy and hold that’s finally paid off. But, as with all IRA investments, following the rules and proper procedures is the best way to get your transaction completed correctly and with ease. Ready to begin? Read on:

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Topics: Real Estate IRA

3 Things You Should Know About Investing in Vacant Land with a Self Directed IRA

by Veronica Alvizar, Real Estate Associate on (May 9, 2019)

 Raw or vacant land— another way many investors chose to diversify their retirement, compounding the flexibility of a self-directed IRA with the flexibility of untapped potential. You can buy and hold the property, develop the land for resale, rent it out for farming or solar energy— there are almost endless options. But, as with all IRA investments, there are some things to keep in mind when investing in this tax-advantaged account— and they can make the difference between massive and meager returns. Here are 3 to anticipate when investing:

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Topics: Prohibited Transactions, Real Estate IRA

2018 – 2019 SEP IRA Contribution Limits and Rules

by Jason Craig, President on (May 2, 2019)

If you’re self-employed, you may be wondering what options you have to save for retirement. The good news is that there are several different options, depending on your needs. Figuring out the best option for you and your retirement goals can be the challenge— but we are here to help.

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Topics: Self Directed IRA Rules, Contributions

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