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Debt-Financed Property with your IRA

Real estate is a popular self-directed IRA investment. There are times when investors are interested in a particular residential or commercial property but only have a portion of the funds...

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Understanding Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) in an IRA

Making investments with funds from a self-directed IRA provides a great tax advantage in that most income is tax-free until distribution. However, there are certain situations in which a self-directed...

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Understanding Unrelated Debt-Financed Income in an IRA

In Part 1 of Understanding Unrelated Business Taxable Income, we discussed UBTI. The second type of UBTI that a self-directed IRA may generate is unrelated debt-financed income or UDFI. UDFI...

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Investing in Gold, Silver and Other Precious Metals in a Self-Directed IRA

Gold and precious metals have long been viewed as a great way to diversify your IRA portfolio, and gold in particular has recently garnered the attention of many investors. With...

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Roth vs. Traditional: Which IRA is for You?

It is never too early to start thinking about retirement, and an IRA will most likely fit into that equation. So when it comes to retirement accounts, two types of...

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Self-Directed IRAs: Nuts & Bolts

If you have ever wondered if you might invest in real estate, precious metals or even cattle as part of your retirement plan, then a so-called self-directed individual retirement account...

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