Self-Directed 401K Plans

401(k) Investment Options

There are so many 401(k) investment options.  Yes, you heard that correctly, but you probably don’t believe me.  You may be in your traditional plan where your 401(k) investment options are going to be limited to the normal world of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.   But, is that the only investment options the IRS permits your 401(k) to have?  Are…read more →

Recruitment of Real Estate Agents

While this post is written more from the standpoint of a real estate broker recruiting real estate agents, it is applicable to any professional real estate agent who is interested in their career.Can a self-directed 401(k) or self-directed IRA assist a real estate broker with the recruitment of real estate agents? Possibly. Many real estate brokerage offices take an active…read more →

Gifting Life Insurance to Charity

Well, one thing about how I write blogs.  Whether they are written well or poorly, whether they capture the reader’s attention or not, I will get on a topic and continue to write on the same topic for a while.  We have been on the topic of various options for giving to charities, and one topic within this arena is…read more →

Various Gifting Options for Charities

There are various gifting options for charities that a charitably-minded individual might consider.  Using a self-directed IRA or 401(k) plan to donate is not necessary, however, an individual may wish to establish a self-directed plan during the accumulation years of their plan to grow their retirement account with the freed0m and flexibility they may desire.  Also, it actually may be easier …read more →

Charitable Gift Options Using a Self-Directed 401(k)

When individuals are considering charitable gift options they rarely consider the most logical source to do such gifting….the funds that are the most taxed for estate purposes.  Okay, more simply, retirement plan account funds….specifically, for most, IRA and 401(k) funds.  It almost seems as if a prospective donor never seriously considers using such funds and, in my opinion, the charitable…read more →

Self-Directed 401k Plans — When Life is Going Well?

This is a post I like to re-visit from time to time. I think one trait that can affect all of us is that when times are bad, boy are they bad.  And, when times are good, well, they are good.  That’s human nature to be swayed by polar opposites that may affect us. With the financial markets reaching unsurpassed highs, it…read more →

Self-Directed IRA & 401k Prohibited Transactions — Ask Yourself Questions

Probably the best advice any person, blog, etc. can provide someone who is either self-directing their retirement assets or considering establishing a self-directed IRA or self-directed 401(k) plan is to seek out professional tax and/or legal guidance.  Sometimes in the moment of establishing their plans, individuals can make an assumption that such as endeavor is not difficult and, as a…read more →

Self-Administered 401k Plans — It’s More than Having Control

We all get it…there are a lot of benefits to being the Trustee of your own 401k plan.  The ability to control your own 401k plan and invest the funds of that plan into assets that you believe are in the best interests of the plan. That freedom to invest in a world that can certainly include stocks, bonds and mutual funds,…read more →

IRS Rollovers — A Simple Chart!

Did I actually say IRS and Simple in the same sentence?! Well, yes, I did.  Most of us believe that it seems like anything related to the IRS is not simple.  And, for most, the conversations of what a “rollover” is, what a “transfer” is and how they are different from each other can make one’s head roll. However, the…read more →

Solo 401(k) Plans — You Gotta Be Self-Employed!

Well, duh! While I’ve done a post or two in the past on this and it really is not a complicated matter…or shouldn’t be…it is always good to re-visit the subject matter. Why?  Well, when people are inquiring about self-directed plans, they understand that a 401(k) plan has some inherent benefits over an IRA.  Some of the benefits of the…read more →