Entries by Sean McKay

How to Choose a Self-Directed IRA Custodian

When it comes to retirement investing, a simple choice in the present can affect your success for decades in the future. It’s these choices—the ones that seem small now—that can add up to a major difference down the line, particularly due to the compounding effect. The compounding effect states that the longer your timeline is, […]

The Best Self-Directed IRA Provider

When you want to exercise more control over your retirement finances, what can you do? For many people, it means just taking a closer look at their accounts and figuring out the best way to move forward. But many investors don’t know just how flexible their options can be. Case in point: a Self-Directed IRA […]

The Best Self-Directed IRA Definition

When someone asks you about a Self-Directed IRA, admit it: it can be difficult to figure out exactly how you should word it. What’s the thirty-second elevator pitch? Heck, you can be highly experienced in real estate investing, private LLC investing, and more—yet when push comes to shove, do you really know how to define […]

What is the Best Self-Directed IRA for Cryptocurrency?

You may have heard that cryptocurrency—one of the major financial stories of the last decade—is now taxed much like a stock. While many people wonder what this means for the future of cryptocurrency, it also means that Cryptocurrency has become a viable asset for investors to hold within a Self-Directed IRA. With a Self-Directed IRA, […]

Self-Directed IRA Custodian Fee Comparison

When you do ordinary shopping, it’s easy to compare prices of one product against another. After all, they’re the same product. But when you’re doing something like weighing the Self-Directed IRA custodians you can use, it gets a little more complicated. You’ll learn about flat fees, variable fees, and might even feel ripped off when […]

Using a Self-Directed IRA to Buy Real Estate

Individual retirement accounts, also known as IRAs, are often invested in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, or even ETFs. But what many people don’t know is that one of the other great asset classes—Real Estate—is also available in this type of account. An investor can turn to a Self-Directed IRA to make investments in Real […]

What are Self-Directed IRA Administrators?

A Self-Directed IRA is fairly easy to understand. It means that the investor takes control over the IRA, making decisions about what goes into the retirement account by working with a custodian who offers the service of being able to transact in alternative asset classes like real estate, precious metals, and more. But that introduces […]

What to Know About Self-Directed IRAs

Investors all over the country flock to Self-Directed IRAs because it opens up all sorts of possibilities with retirement investing. But how does it actually work in real life, and what are the benefits of investing this way? We decided to take a comprehensive look at what Self-Directed IRAs are, why they work the way […]

What Are Private Notes in Self-Directed IRA Investing?

When many people think about loans from a Self-Directed IRA, they often think about what kinds of loans they can take from it. For example, a Self-Directed Solo 401(k) plan has some loan flexibility. But the truth is, one of the great advantages of using a Self-Directed IRA is that you can take advantage of […]

What Does a Self-Directed IRA Custodian Do?

When you direct your own retirement investing account, it’s easy to figure out what you do. You pick the assets you want to invest in. You strive to pick the best. You hold those assets, and make sure that when it comes to the rules of retirement investing, you stick to them. So, what do […]