Self-Directed IRA Contributions: Rules & Tips

Self-Directed IRA Contribution Rules and Tips

New to IRAs? Get a quick rundown of IRA contributions—how much and how to make them—and, most importantly, how to make the most of them. Learn about Self-Directed IRA requirements and contribution limits. How Much Can You Contribute to a Self-Directed IRA? For 2020, the maximum contribution to a Self-Directed IRA—in the form of a…

History of the Self-Directed IRA

The History of the Self-Directed IRA

Self-Directed IRAs got their start in the 1970s. Still, it wasn’t until 1997 that the IRS lifted restrictions on diversification and allowed plans to include specific types of precious metal coins and bullion. How did retirement savers come to enjoy the full freedoms and benefits of today’s Self-Directed IRA? Take a walk through history to…

Are Gold IRAs Safe?

Are Gold IRAs Safe?

When you’re planning for your golden years, there’s one word you want to associate with your future—safe. Which is why you might be wondering, “Are gold IRAs safe?” The term “safe” means something is shielded, sheltered, or guarded. Here, we explain why gold IRAs can be safe from setup, storage, and hedge standpoints. The Security…

Tips For Selecting a Self-Directed IRA Custodian

Tips for Selecting a Self-Directed IRA Custodian

To hold physical gold and silver in a Self-Directed IRA, you are required by the IRS to open an account with an approved custodian and have the custodian purchase precious metals on your behalf. But there are so many custodians to choose from. And what’s all this you hear about promoters and administrators? Learn how…

Gold IRAs: Did You Know?

Gold IRAs: Did You Know?

Precious metal IRAs are individual retirement accounts specifically designed to assist with wealth management and financial hedging. The types of IRAs work similar to standard IRAs but utilize gold instead of paper money, which has increased market volatility. Millions of Americans have depended on gold as a means of wealth protection throughout history and there…

What Are Alternative Assets?

What Are Alternative Assets?

Are you stuck in the same old rut of adding stocks and bonds to your retirement portfolio? It might be time to learn about another asset category—alternative assets. We explain what they are, how they’re different from traditional assets, and how you can work them into your retirement portfolio for greater diversification. What Are Alternative…

Are Self-Directed IRAs a Good Idea?

Are Self-Directed IRAs a Good Idea?

Are you paying down debt? Smart. Want to spend more quality time with your family? That’s also a great idea. And saving for retirement? Another one! How about saving for retirement through a Self-Directed IRA? Learn why that’s an ideal option to add to your list of retirement strategies. Self-Directed IRAs Offer Flexibility A Self-Directed…

Simple Answers to Common IRA Questions

Straightforward Answers to 7 Common IRA Questions

Lack of knowledge is a major reason many Americans don’t open an IRA. Research from the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute found that of those who don’t have an IRA, 46 percent feel they do not understand enough about IRAs to contribute to them. Where do you fall on the IRA-knowledge spectrum? If you’re still in…

How to Roll Over Your 401(k) Into a Gold IRA

How to Roll Over Your 401(k) into a Gold IRA

Are you tired of the high fees and limitations on your 401(k)? While a 401(k) is one of the most common vehicles for retirement savings, it’s not the only one. Learn about the advantages of gold IRAs and how to roll over your 401(k) into one of these IRAs. What is a 401(k)? A 401(k)…

Update: IRA Contribution Limits 2020

Update: IRA Contribution Limits in 2020

Are you seeking more ways to save for retirement? Then make sure you know all the facts so you can make the most of your IRA contributions for 2020. The limits for IRA contributions for the 2020 tax year are the same as those for 2019, but there are some changes to IRA rules. For…