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Reporting Fair Market Values for Alternative IRA Assets

One of the requirements for IRA custodians like STRATA is to report the fair market value (FMV) of IRAs to IRA owners each year and to the Internal Revenue Service...

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Naming a Trust as IRA Beneficiary

Trusts are used to accomplish a variety of objectives in estate planning and retirement income strategies. There are different kinds of trusts and many ways to use trusts. Most individuals...

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Tax-Free Charitable Donations From Your IRA

With the tax reform changes that became effective in 2018, fewer taxpayers will be itemizing deductions on their federal income tax returns – which means fewer taxpayers will be taking...

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The Backdoor Roth: Tax Law Changes Bring New Strategies for Alternative Investment IRAs

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), which makes widespread changes to the Internal Revenue Code...

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Choosing the right custodian? It’s all about asking the right questions

Every investor knows that markets can be volatile, and are often unpredictable. Whether you manage your investments with a financial advisor, or on your own, keeping your portfolio on track...

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What you need to know about self-directed IRAs and alternative investments

Over the past few decades, the introduction of newer investment strategies has given a continuously growing number of investors access to both conventional stocks and bonds and non-traditional alternative investments....

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