IRA Custodians

IRA Custodians — Their Role in the IRA LLC or IRA Trust Process

Let’s get the mystery out of the way right away. All IRAs are required to be held through a custodian. As part of this responsibility, the IRA custodian will report the annual value of the IRA to the IRS each year. Can I Choose any IRA Custodian I Wish? Yes and no. As you may know, custodians such as Schwab…read more →

What Can You Do With Your SIMPLE IRA?

What Can You Do With Your SIMPLE IRA?

The poor ole neglected SIMPLE IRA.  Many haven’t heard of it, fewer probably have one.  The SIMPLE IRA (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) is associated with an employer plan, an alternative option to a company-sponsored 401(k) plan.  This post is not to promote the use of a SIMPLE IRA, as most SIMPLE’s would not be self-directed (but, they can…read more →

Required Minimum Distribution from Your IRA

IRS rules dictate a required minimum distribution from your IRA when you have reached 70 1/2 years of age.  Most people who meet the requirement for minimum distributions are aware of this rule, but it is always good to have a refresher, especially as some of these rules can start becoming a little confusing. What I have found to be…read more →

Self-Directed IRAs — Year End “Things to Do”

We all have busy schedules….especially going into the end of the year and holiday season.  In that “spirit”,I am certainly not going take up too much of your valuable time. But, as an IRA account owner who has a self-directed IRA or self-directed IRA LLC, there are some end of the year steps you may want (and need) to take….read more →

Beneficiary Mistakes — Self-Directed 401(k) or IRA (Part 1)

This post is for beneficiary mistakes within an IRA or 401(k)….self-directed or not. Potential beneficiary mistakes with your self-directed 401(k) or IRA can be very real issues.  With proper planning and maintenance, your beneficiary can greatly benefit from your gift.  With poor planning, it can turn into a curse. As part of proper planning, you should always review your beneficiary…read more →