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IRA LLCs and 401(k) Plans — Where to Hold Precious Metals?

Over the years, this has been a much-discussed and frequently debated topic for those individuals who wish to hold precious metals in their IRA LLC or 401(k) plan.  Must you only use a depository?  Can you use a bank?  Can I have them at my home? Historically, it depends on who you ask?  Here’s the typical lines: Coin Depository — You…read more →

Encumbered IRA Asset Rollover into a 401(k) — Permissible?!

Recently, I did a blog on a social media site for which I was lambasted by one really, really friendly, self-proclaimed, all-knowing expert on ANYTHING related to IRAs (yes, if you can sense I use sarcasm, you would be correct!).  I was being criticized for how I answered a question by a person in the room when I was only…read more →

Establishing a Self-Directed 401K? Why Not Qualify for a Tax Credit?!

For those of you who are exploring self-directed IRA and self-directed 401K plans, you have seen that there is a wide range of companies that assist in that regard.  Not only can their services vary dramatically, but so can their account establishment and on-going fee structures.  You may have narrowed down the choice as to whether or not to establish…read more →

Self-Directed IRA & 401K Promoters — Questionnable Practices?!

A couple of weeks ago, a client forwarded an email with a link to a webinar made by a self-directed IRA and 401(k) promoter.  The webinar was your typical webinar that spent a significant amount of time talking about the superiority of the company in establishing self-directed plans and guiding their clients to great wealth through proper planning of their…read more →

Self-Directed IRA — Ugh!! Let’s Do A Rah-Rah for the SD 401K!!

In the world of self-directed IRA custodians and IRA administrators, what is the common thread?  Well, if you said establishing self-directed IRA plans for its clients…give yourself a gold star!  Whether these companies are establishing your IRA plan with or without checkbook control, they are still establishing a self-directed IRA.  Are these plans of benefit to you, especially if you…read more →

IRA and 401K Rollovers — Is This a Horror Movie — Re-Visited (Part 2)

Okay, I am going to make this a quick blog to update those who have read the previous two blog posts related to IRA and 401K rollovers.  The posts in order of when they were written are:   IRA and 401K Rollovers — Is This a Horror Movie and IRA and 401K Rollovers — Is This a Horror Movie — Re-Visited. So, why…read more →

Checkbook Control 401K vs. Trustee Control 401K — What’s the Difference?

In the self-directed IRA and self-directed 401K industry, a very common marketing term often used to explain one’s potential to invest in assets other than stocks, bonds and mutual funds is “checkbook control IRAs or 401Ks” .  You know what I am talking about…..the “big boys” will  limit your investment options but you MIGHT have an interest in investing into…read more →

IRA and 401K Rollovers — Is this a Horror Movie?!

IRA and 401K Rollovers — Ugh, rules for such rollovers are often misunderstood, questionable in their clarity and often mishandled by honest, tax-paying account owners.  In fact, the rules are often so much misunderstood by many that the IRS often reviews exception requests by individuals requesting relief of rollover tax penalties….not because they were trying to break a rule BUT…read more →

Self-Directed 401K Plans — No Annual Fees?!

For those of you who have researched a self-directed 401K plan, undoubtedly you have become quite aware that most, if not all, self-directed 401K companies will have annual 401K compliance fees or 401K administrative fees for the oversight of such the plan documents. This fee will typically range from $50 to $350 (or more) per year. Are these fees typical…read more →

Self-Directed 401K — Three Different 401K Plans?!

Well, practically speaking and based on IRS and DOL regulations, the tax code for 401K plans apply to all 401K plans. However, most people are not familiar with the fact that there are some different 401K eligibility and 401K reporting requirements for 401K plans and that is what we are going to introduce. Let’s take the 401K that most of…read more →

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