Posts Tagged "retirement planning"

Beneficiary Mistakes — Self-Directed 401(k) or IRA (Part 2)

In the previous post, we introduced three potential beneficiary designation mistakes.  In this post, we will point out a few more. Don’t Name Your Kid! This is not meant as harsh as it sounds.  As with other considerations, this relates to the issue of age.  There are WAAAAY too many people who identify their minor children as either a primary…read more →

Self-Administered 401(k)

The majority of references on websites (including this one) that refers to one’s ability to take investment control of their 401(k) plans refers to such plans as a self-directed 401(k).  This is certainly a common norm in the industry; however, is this term the most aptly suited for this self-directed arrangement?  Probably not.  Other than using this term for marketing purposes,…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 →

Terminating Your “Solo” 401(k) Plan — IRS Requirements

You look this up on the IRS website (www.irs.gov) and you will see references that, while not required, the IRS takes the position that 401(k) plans are generally established to continue indefinitely.  This is understandable in how we look at a typical company-sponsored 401(k) plan…generally as long as the business continues its operation or its plan, it will operate somewhat…read more →

Self-Directed 401k Plans — Purchasing Life Insurance?!

There are many financial experts who adamantly state that qualified plans funds (e.g., 401k) should never be used to purchase life insurance.  However, there is a movement that is a brewing where more and more individuals are considering investing into life insurance contracts….typically through life cash value policies.  While this post is not providing financial advice, probably the safe rule…read more →

Self-Directed 401K Plans — Don’t Trip

It’s a nice day, you are taking a nice casual walk and almost like someone playing a joke on you, you stumble while you are walking and almost fall flat on your face.  You look back, firmly believing that someone left something out to purposely make you look foolish, and what do you see?  Yes, that small crack in the…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 →

My 401K and Self-Directed 401K — Assistance from the IRS?!

Well, not really.  But, whether you are establishing any type of IRA (Traditional, Roth, SIMPLE, SEP) or any 401K or other qualified plan (e.g., 403(b), 457), you may want to take advantage of a new tool the IRS recently published. Now, before you jump up and down with excitement about this new tool that can help you with retirement planning…read more →

My Self-Directed 401K Plan — When Should I Start One?

In today’s current growth of the market, it is not surprising to hear the following statements: “The DOW is doing so well, this would be the absolute worst time to set up a self-directed IRA or self-directed 401K for my retirement savings.” “The DOW is doing so well, this would be the absolute best time to set up a self-directed…read more →

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