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Infographics

[Infographic] Self-Directed IRA FAQ - Who is a Disqualified Person?

Self-directed IRAs are governed by complex regulations allowing you to use alternative investments to save for retirement. This infographic will explore the important topic of disqualified persons.

Blog Articles

4 Ways to Maximize Your Retirement Plan After Age 70

Turning age 70 ½ is a significant age when it comes to having a retirement plan. Many are faced with a tax liability they were not expecting due to Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Taxable distributions may also affect other benefits ...
FAQs

You Asked, We Answered: 7 Mistakes Real Estate IRA Investors Make

For November's webinar, we covered 7 mistakes Real Estate IRA investors make. Participants who joined our national webinar had the opportunity to ask John Paul Ruiz, our Director of Professional Development at Entrust, questions regarding t...
Blog Articles

Beginner's Guide: Purchasing a Rental Property with a Self-Directed IRA

First and foremost, what is a self-directed IRA? A self-directed IRA is an individual retirement account that gives you complete control over your investment choices. Unlike other IRAs, you’re not limited to stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. ...

Reports

Precious Metals IRA Guide [2018 Edition]

This ultimate guide is all you need to start investing in precious metals with a self-directed IRA.
Reports

5 Steps To Investing In Real Estate With A Self-Directed IRA

Want to invest in real estate with your retirement funds? It's easy to get started. Learn about the 5 main steps with this guide.
Webinars & Educational Videos

3 Real Estate Investment Strategies Self-Directed IRA Investors Could Benefit From

Are you looking to make a real estate investment, but having trouble coming up with the funds? This webinar explains how.
Webinars & Educational Videos

Transfers vs. Rollovers: Which One is Right For You?

Can’t decide if you want to roll over or transfer your old 401(k)? This webinar will help you choose which one is best for you.
Webinars & Educational Videos

How to Diversify Your Retirement Portfolio with Precious Metals

Learn about the process and benefits of diversifying your IRA with a precious metals IRA.
Government Resources

Important Forms & Publications

Browse through government publications from the IRS and SEC related to your IRA.

Webinars & Educational Videos

2019 Real Estate Key Trends: What You Should Know Before Planning Your Investment Strategy

Looking to invest in real estate in 2019? Before you start planning your investment strategy, watch this webinar and learn the 2019 key real estate trends.

Blog Articles

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Retire

If you have accumulated the savings you need to retire and you are approaching your last days of work, congratulations! Hopefully you have some dreams you want to follow now that you can live off your savings. Regardless of whether you have...
Blog Articles

6 Essential Self-Directed IRA Rules

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to knowing the rules that govern self-directed IRAs. When you understand and follow the IRS regulations, you can avoid penalties and maximize your retirement savings.
Blog Articles

4 Convincing Reasons Why People Invest in Gold

We say something is “as good as gold” for a reason. Gold has been a store of monetary value for as long as humans have extracted it from the ground. If gold is good, and saving for retirement is good, why not do both at the same time by buy...
Blog Articles

Disqualified Persons: What IRA Investors Need to Know

In today’s uncertain economy, savers are exploring other investment opportunities to invest their retirement plan assets as an alternative to stocks, bonds, CDs, and mutual funds. The retirement industry has coined the term ”self-directed” ...
Blog Articles

5 Steps to Take Before Retiring Overseas

Retiring overseas may be a great idea, but there are various steps you should take before making your final decision.
Blog Articles

The Difference Between Transfers and Rollovers

If you are one of the many individuals who want alternative investment choices for your retirement plans, assets like real estate, precious metals, and notes, not typically offered by other firms—The Entrust Group’s recordkeeping services a...
FAQs

You Asked, We Answered: Investing in Real Estate with IRA Funds

For our November national webinar, we held an open Q&A about investing in real estate with IRA funds. Continue reading to see what questions investors had regarding IRAs and real estate investing:
Reports

A Workbook To Start Your 2018 Financial Workout

How ready are you for retirement? Is a self-directed IRA suited to your needs? Find out with our financial fitness workbook!
Reports

Basics of Self-Directed IRAs

Learn about self-directed IRA Basicsin a comprehensive report made just for beginner investors.
Webinars & Educational Videos

Yield Alternatives for IRA Investors: REITs

This webinar covers Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and why investors prefer owning shares over actual real estate.
Comparison Charts

IRA Comparison Chart

Discover which tax-free or tax-deferred Entrust self-directed account is right for you with this chart...
Comparison Charts

Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) Comparison Chart

View the IRS comparison of Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) for IRAs and Qualified Plans...
Webinars & Educational Videos

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 – What’s Changed for Retirement Plans and Why It Matters

We’ll cover how recent changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 may affect your decisions regarding your individual retirement plan.

Webinars & Educational Videos

IRA Academy 2019

This five-day course will be held from October 21st-25th, 2019 at the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) Barrett Training Center in Nashville, TN.

Blog Articles

Why Do People Switch from a 401(k) to a Self-Directed IRA?

Let's face it, you have one or more 401(k) funds laying around collecting dust from previous employers. Why not have your funds actually work for you in a self-directed IRA? Self-directed IRAs let you invest in the assets you know best and ...
Blog Articles

Reap the Benefits of Self-Directed Roth IRAs

There are many benefits to establishing a self-directed Roth IRA in order to save money for retirement, including tax-advantaged treatment of funds and access to a wide range of investing options.
Blog Articles

Have an Old 401(k)? Put it to Work for Your Retirement

On average, Americans change their jobs 12 times over the course of their working life. That raises the odds that you may have money sitting in a 401(k) plan from a former employer or you need to decide what to do with the balance in your 4...
Blog Articles

Cryptocurrency vs. Precious Metals: Which One Wins?

Smartphones, fashion, technology, athletic shoes—the world seems to be obsessed with the latest, the newest, the next hot idea. But is that always the best approach for an investment strategy?
Blog Articles

Why Capturing Direct Rollovers is Essential in Today's Retirement Market

With 6 million Americans still unemployed and over 78 million approaching retirement age, there are opportunities to capture rollovers from employer-sponsored plans. According to the Investment Company Institute, out of the 27....
Blog Articles

3 Reasons Why Gold Doesn't Collapse Like the Stock Market

There are probably as many investment theories as there are investors. Apart from the obvious — buy low, sell high — these theories, or strategies, may be driven by data, by advice received from advisors, by personal experience, or even by ...
FAQs

You Asked, We Answered: Investing in Real Estate with an IRA LLC

During our monthly educational webinars we like to take the time to answer questions from our attendees. This month we discussed IRA LLCs and why they can be useful to real estate investors. These questions range from partnering your LLC, t...
Reports

2018 Real Estate Investor Market Research Report

Learn about the latest real estate IRA investing trends and insights for 2018 in our national report.
Reports

A Savvy Investor's Success Story

In this report we follow an Entrust client whose strategy to invest in real estate with his IRA gained impressive returns.
Reports

Control Your Retirement Savings The Easy Way: Tax-Advantaged Plans For Small Business Owners

Are you a small business owner? Read this report to learn about your plan options and choose a plan that fits your business the best.
Webinars & Educational Videos

New Data Reveals Real Estate IRA Trends and Insights [2018 Report]

The Entrust Group revels real estate investment trends and insights from 2018 in this webinar.
Guides

Choosing Your Self-Directed IRA Company

When choosing a self-directed IRA company to manage your retirement funds, make sure to...
Webinars & Educational Videos

How to Use Your Retirement Funds to Invest in Offshore Real Estate

Investing your 401(k) or IRA funds in offshore real estate might sound complicated, but it requires many of the same steps as purchasing property in the United States, with...

Blog Articles

Have You Done Your Yearly Financial Checkup Yet? Here’s A Guide

The beginning of the year is often a perfect time to look at your finances. The fast approaching tax deadline is an obvious incentive...

Blog Articles

How to Directly Rollover a 401(k) to a Self-Directed IRA

Did you leave a 401(k) with an old employer? Do you have a non-performing 401(k) that is sitting around gathering dust? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you might want to roll over your retirement funds to a self-directed I...
Blog Articles

Using a Self-Directed IRA to Invest in an LLC

One investing option that is available to people who own self-directed IRAs is the ability to purchase ownership in a limited liability company (LLC).
Blog Articles

5 Ways to Partner Your Self-Directed IRA

Self-directed IRA owners have the option of partnering with other funding sources to purchase alternative investments. This strategy is most commonly used for real estate investments, as this asset class requires a lot of purchasing funds.
Blog Articles

2 Ways to Invest in Promissory Notes with Your IRA

Promissory notes offer individuals with additional investing options, and another way to diversify their investments. A promissory note is a debt-based financial instrument that involves one party making a written promise to repay a debt un...
Blog Articles

Seeking a Non-Recourse Loan vs an Investment Partner for Your Real Estate Investment

Some of you may have considered a non-recourse loan for your real estate investment, either because you are short on cash or you want to use loaned monies as leverage for your investment, or possibly both. While it’s true that a non-recours...
Blog Articles

Small Businesses Have Until October 1 to Make SIMPLE and SEP IRA Contributions

March 15 and April 15 aren’t the only important tax deadlines. For small business owners who make employer contributions to retirement plans for themselves or their employees, September and October are just as important.
Blog Articles

Self-Directed IRA Terns Every Investor needs to Know

Medicine. Sports. Engineering. Academics, pretty much every industry has its own vocabulary, and the retirement saving sector is no exception. But that specialized vocabulary shouldn’t be an excuse to confuse people. At Entrust, we believe ...
Blog Articles

5 Tough-to-Predict Retirement Expenses

Having a plan to save enough money to retire is always a good idea. Without proper forecast, though, you may encounter unforeseen expenses when the time comes for you to stop working. A lot of people try to determine their plan all at once,...
Blog Articles

3 Qualified Transactions Every Self-Directed IRA Investor Can Utilize

Many who are or are thinking about entering into the self-directed retirement plan world are concerned about having their IRA engage in a prohibited transaction. “I want to make sure I color between the lines,” as someone put it once. There...
FAQs

You Asked, We Answered: Investing with Self-Directed IRAs

For this month's webinar, we held a unique self-directed IRA Q&A for current and potential investors. Participants had the opportunity to ask Bill Neville, our Business Development Manager, questions regarding Real Estate IRAs, holding prec...
Blog Articles

First-Class Service and Results Satisfy an Entrust Account Holder

Bruce Bishop of Secured Assets Funding, a real estate investment company, is one of Entrust’s early account holders. But that’s not the only reason Bruce is important to us. Sure, we’re proud that he has trusted us as his self-directed IRA ...
Blog Articles

How Self-Directed IRA Conversions and Recharacterizations Actually Work

With tax payers having a better understanding of the Roth IRA and its tax-free attributes, many are choosing to convert their Traditional IRAs to Roth IRAs. Traditional IRA account holders know that although Traditional IRAs allow for the i...
Blog Articles

Roth IRA vs Traditional IRA: Which One Works for You?

The most obvious difference between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA is how they are taxed upon distribution. When you save for retirement using a Traditional IRA, your contributions are typically made out of pre-tax income. That gives you ...
Blog Articles

5 Reasons Why We Love Self-Directed IRAs (and You Should, Too!)

Here, at The Entrust Group, we don’t just offer self-directed IRAs, we know that they expand our investment options and truly believe that they enhance our opportunities in retirement. We, too, want to spend retirement on a cruise to the Ma...
Blog Articles

Q&A: Understanding Form 5498 and Your Self-Directed IRA

A self-directed IRA offers many opportunities for portfolio diversification through alternative investments. Due to their tax-deferred status, these retirement accounts require certain documentation to remain compliant with the IRS. This ar...
Blog Articles

Transfers vs Rollovers: We Explain the Difference

Anyone who has ever filed a tax return knows that the devil is in the details when it comes to dealing with the IRS. That is doubly true when it comes to moving money from one retirement savings vehicle to another. Choosing the wrong method...
Blog Articles

Tips and Insights on Non-Recourse Loans

Starting back in 2011, The Norris Group began offering our Southern California real estate investor network non-recourse loans for their self-directed IRA accounts. Non-recourse leverage is secured to ensure that if anything were to happen ...
Blog Articles

Liar, Liar: The Biggest Fib We've Heard About Self-Directed IRAs

If you come across a self-directed IRA provider who offers to review an investment or provides investment advice as part of their services, don’t believe it. In fact, run in the other direction.
Blog Articles

With This One Move, Individual Investors Can Stay Ahead

Online learning is all the rage. You can learn a new language, hone your knife skills, or get fold-by-fold origami instructions. Better yet, you could become a better-educated investor through the newly refreshed Entrust Learning Center.
Blog Articles

3 Things You Need to Know About Qualified Charitable Distributions

We have received many questions regarding whether distributions made during 2015 to a charity is tax-exempt. The answer is finally here for many Americans who are age 70 ½ and older. Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) which expired o...
Blog Articles

Don't Let Hidden Or High Fees Eat Into Your Retirement Savings

What do most advertisements for cars, computers, and brokerage accounts have in common? More often than not, the cost shown in big print at the top of the ad is accompanied by a long list of extra fees and charges shown in teeny-tiny print ...
Blog Articles

How to Transfer Your IRA to a Self-Directed IRA in 5 Simple Steps [Video]

Funding a self-directed IRA with a transfer is the first step to investing with these tax-advantaged savings accounts, so it is a necessary part of holding alternative investments in your retirement account. Let's take a closer look at tran...
Blog Articles

Americans’ Lack of Retirement Planning Will Frighten You

Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins are nothing compared to the scary specter of not having enough money saved for a comfortable retirement. But that is just the frightful situation too many Americans will find themselves in unless they start savin...
Blog Articles

What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Have to Say about Retirement

This is the first article in a series of article blog posts on how the November 2016 U.S. presidential election might affect the stability of retirement prospects, savings, and Social Security. I want to shed light on what an aging public i...
Blog Articles

Alternative Investments: A New Approach to Retirement Saving

Alternative energy. Alternative universe. Why not alternative investments? The definition of an alternative investment is deceptively simple: It is anything that is not a stock, bond, or cash. That means gold bullion to an apartment buildin...
Blog Articles

5 Barriers Retirement Planning Professionals Need to Know

It’s no big surprise that half of Americans say retirement planning is a top priority. How do you explain that 58% of Americans do not have a formal retirement plan in place? That’s just one of the conflicting findings in the Deloitte repor...
Blog Articles

Invest in Your Own Pot of Gold: Gold IRA Basics

If you’re lucky enough to catch a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day and ask him where his pot of gold is, he’ll have to tell you. That’s because, as is well known, leprechauns cannot lie. But leprechauns are wily, solitary fellows who know ho...
Blog Articles

5 Reasons to Use a Self-Directed IRA to Invest in Real Estate

Self-directed IRAs are the only retirement arrangements that allow individual investors the freedom to pursue alternative investments, such as real estate. Investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA offers many benefits to those who ...
Blog Articles

Why You Shouldn't Overlook Your Beneficiary Designation

In my career as a retirement professional, I believe that the IRA beneficiary designation is the section of the IRA document that is most over looked by most IRA holders. Common mistakes by IRA holders include skipping or not completing thi...
Blog Articles

7 Ways Retirement Demographics Have Changed in 80 Years

Any discussion of the candidates’ positions on retirement must be prefaced by a synopsis of how the U.S. population and public laws and policies related to retirement have changed. There are two key dates: 1935, the year Social Security (as...
Blog Articles

Traditional IRA vs Roth IRA: What's the Best for You?

Individuals planning for retirement can benefit from knowing about the tax advantages gained by using traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Choosing one of these options instead of the other can result in significant d...
Blog Articles

Understanding Fees in retirement Plans

Investments in retirement plans have been dominated by the more common and accessible investments offered by brokerage firms and banks. For example a large percentage of defined contribution plans, such as 401(k) profit sharing plans, are i...
Blog Articles

6 Pre-Retirement Tips for Your 40s

As we approach the last day of Save for Retirement Week 2015 we're wrapping up with some great tips for potential investors in their 40s who are interested in planning for their financial future. From the enthusiastic startup owner to the e...
Blog Articles

Open Letter to Grandparents: It's Never Too Late to Save for Retirement

Every day can be Grandparents Day, but the official commemorative day is the Sunday after Labor Day (September 10th). It is the perfect opportunity to spend time with and care for the grandparents we love so much. For the occasion, we wrote...
Blog Articles

5 Habits of Great Personal Service for Real Estate IRA investors

Have you ever called client services only to be transferred from one department to another, wait through blaring music, and ultimately never receive a satisfying answer? We have too. That’s why it’s The Entrust Group’s goal to provide such ...
Blog Articles

How to Select a Tax Professional in 4 Easy Steps

Tax season is soon approaching once again, and if you are looking for a professional to help you prepare your taxes, there are several questions you should ask so that you can perform your due diligence and do your best to get the person wh...
Blog Articles

8 Pre-Retirement Tips for Your 30s

As we continue building awareness for Save For Retirement 2015, it's important that we discuss different stages in life, and how we can always make a move towards a bigger goal for saving funds for the future. Additionally, we are all at di...
Blog Articles

11 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your IRA Company

When choosing a self-directed IRA company to manage your retirement funds, make sure to review the following key factors to ensure your future is in the proper hands:
FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About IRA Rollovers

In 2014, Americans held $7.4 trillion in their IRAs. A good portion of that came from rolling over money from employer-sponsored plans such as 401(k), 403(b), and governmental 457(b) plans. If you’re considering a rollover from your employe...
Blog Articles

How Brokers Can Retain and Attract More Talent

Your ability to retain or attract talent gives you a competitive advantage. But how do you do that effectively? Agents are now looking for more benefits and strategies that will help them stand out from competitors and make more commissions...
Blog Articles

Here's What Couples Need to Know About Spousals IRAs

With Valentine's Day around the corner, couples everywhere are gearing up to impress their partners. Buckling down on finances may not be the first things that comes to mind, but maximizing savings for retirement can be a joint effort for m...
Blog Articles

Tales From The Crypt: Self-Directed IRA Horror Stories

With Halloween 2016 around the corner, we want to take this opportunity to open up Entrust's locked-away crypt of horror stories! These are not just any ordinary horror stories, but self-directed IRA stories that may have the ability to kee...
Blog Articles

How to Rollover Your Old 401(k) in 4 Simple Steps [Video]

Funding a self-directed IRA is the first step to investing with tax-advantaged savings. It's a necessary part of holding alternative investments in your retirement account. Let's take a look at how a rollover works:
Blog Articles

3 Tax Advantages of Self-Directed IRAs

Retirement accounts have a number of tax advantages for savvy savers. With a self-directed IRA, you can put these advantages to use toward alternative investments. Here are some of those advantages.
Blog Articles

What is a Self-Directed IRA?

It used to be, if you wanted a souvenir of your vacation in Italy, you asked another tourist to snap your photo standing in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Today, all you have to do is smile into your smartphone and take a selfie.
Blog Articles

Save For Retirement Week 2015: How Retirement Might Look without a Savings Plan

It's National Save for Retirement Week 2015 and we're doing our part in raising awareness about the importance of your current, or future retirement plan. It's the perfect time to check your plan to see if your goals are being met, and if y...
Blog Articles

Getting Smart: Retirement Savings Stratgeis For Mom

Mothers save a lot of things: The card that spells out “LOVE” in macaroni. An outgrown soccer jersey. Baby shoes and graduation photos. What mothers—and all women, for that matter—aren’t as good at saving is money for their retirement.
Blog Articles

Put Your Investments Where Your Heart Is With Self-Directed IRAs

Imagine using investment funds from an IRA to invest in the kind of dream project that can really make a difference in the world by listening to what the heart wants. Now it's possible. Self-directed IRAs put the power of investing back int...
Blog Articles

How Investors Take Advantage of Self-Direction With Entrust

Can you invest in the assets you want to invest in, or are your choices limited? How easy is the website to navigate for your investments, and can you make the transactions you want to make? When you want to talk to a real person, how frien...
Blog Articles

6 Pre-Retirement Tips for Your 20s

It's Day 3 of Save for Retirement Week 2015! We want to encourage our readers to take this week to reflect on their savings plans, which may or may not be in place -- and that's OK. It's never too late, nor too early to start planning for y...
Blog Articles

5 Easy Ways to Learn to invest with a Self-Directed IRA

The first step self-directed investors take when they consider investing for retirement is research. What assets can you invest in? What types of accounts are available? Who offers these accounts? Are they truly self-directed? How do you op...
Blog Articles

How to Leave a Legacy With Your retirement Plan

Many people wonder if they have enough in their retirement savings plans to sustain themselves during retirement. On the other hand, some people have more than enough. Beneficiaries of these retirement plan accounts need to be aware of thei...
FAQs

You Asked, We Answered: Self-Directed IRA Live Q&A for Ivestors

For July's national webinar, we opened the lines for anyone looking to get educated about self-directed IRAs. Beginner and advanced investors who participated in the free webinar had the opportunity to ask their questions during our live Q&...
Blog Articles

How Retirement Can Be A Piece of Cake With A Self-Directed IRA

With a self-directed IRA, a well-deserved retirement can be a piece of cake (and just as rewarding) if you pay attention to these three simple reminders:
Blog Articles

The Valentine's Day Gift That Lasts a Lifetime: The Spousal IRA

The future is getting more expensive, and advances in medicine and nutrition mean that we are living active lifestyles longer than ever. These are positive developments, but they also indicate that retirement is much more expensive and long...
Blog Articles

This Labor Day, We're Thinking About Retirement Security

No matter what the calendar says, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer here in the U.S. and students are back in school. The college football season is underway. For fashionistas, it marks the last day one should wear white, linen, or ...
Blog Articles

Have You Considered a Self-Directed IRA?

Have you been considering self-directed investments in your IRA? Do you feel stuck? Are you in the pattern of thinking about it, doing all the research, and then doing nothing about it? If so, it’s probably because you have some preconceive...
Blog Articles

Funding Your IRA With a Transfer - Here's How It's Done

Transferring an IRA from another provider is tax-free and easy. We are here to help you every step of the way. Whether you are frustrated with your current provider, paying too much in fees, or want more investment freedom, an Entrust Self-...
Blog Articles

3 Examples os Self-Directed IRA Partnering Gone Wrong

Self-directed IRA owners can partner with others to take advantage of larger alternative investment opportunities, such as multifamily real estate properties. However, this strategy can only be successful when working within self-directed I...
Infographics

[Infographic] What Is A Self-Directed IRA

The retirement industry has been dominated by custodians who are focused on a narrow spectrum of IRA investments, limiting you to stocks, bonds, CDs, and other traditional investments. While these retirement accounts may be right for some, ...
Infographics

[Infographic] Selling Your Real Estate IRA Property

As with any asset in a retirement plan, there are numerous reasons to sell or trade. What’s true with stocks and bonds also holds true with alternative assets, such as real estate. Perhaps the asset is underperforming and you would like to ...
Blog Articles

Why Do Americans Save More for Vacation Than for Retirement?

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, when people start planning their vacations—a family reunion, a camping trip, a week at the beach. Americans like their vacations so much that they are three times more likely to save for a sho...
Blog Articles

Funding Your IRA with a Contribution - Here's How It's Done

You have options when it comes to funding your Entrust self-directed IRA. Once you’ve decided which option is best for you, you can open an account in under . Did you know cash or check contributions can help fund your self-directed IRA? Ma...
Blog Articles

Take the Wheel to Self-Direct Your Retirement Savings (We Can Help)

Heights. Public speaking. Snakes. People have lots of fears, but planning for retirement shouldn’t be one of them. To the contrary, you should be afraid of not planning. Being in control is the best route to a comfortable retirement, and se...
Blog Articles

Back-to-School: How an Education Savings Account Pays for Your Child's Education (Tax-Free)

For the month of August, parents and children are gearing up for one event in particular: back-to-school! With the new school year starting again, we, at Entrust feel like it's the right time to educate our readers about a special s...
Blog Articles

How to Pick a Precious Metals Dealer for Your IRA

Gold IRAs, or self-directed IRAs that allow for investing in precious metals, may require you to choose a dealer to make a purchase. Looking for the best precious metals dealer can seem like a daunting task, but following a few simple steps...
Blog Articles

No More Excuses: Small Business Solutions to Retirement Saving

Think your business is too small to have a retirement savings plan? That you’ll be tied down to specific contributions or a limited range of investments? Concerned you can’t cover the fees for a self-employed retirement plan? Stop worrying....
Blog Articles

A Look at the Senate's Tax Reform Proposal

Following up on our recent article on the proposed House Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, here’s a look at the Senate Republicans’ proposal, focusing on how it differs from the House version.
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Right to Marry Ruling: How it Affects Beneficiary Rights

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on same sex-marriages in the 13 states that still had them, passing a federal legislation to offer marriage licenses to same-sex couples. This validation of same-sex marriage in all 50...
Blog Articles

Choosing a Depository for Your Precious Metals Investment

The IRS requires all physical metals invested with a Precious Metals IRA to be securely stored in an approved metals depository or vault for safe keeping. Taking physical possession of metals held by your IRA is not allowed by the IRS until...
Blog Articles

Diversifying Your Investment Portfolio? How to Invest Your Retirement Funds in Private Placements

Looking to diversify your retirement portfolio? "Private Placements" is a term that refers to investing in privately-held entities, such as companies or small businesses. Investing in Private Placements using a self-directed IRA can be a si...
Blog Articles

How to Correct a 2014 Excess Contribution to a Self-Directed IRA

What happens when you make a mistake and contribute more to your Traditional or Roth IRA than the rules allow? Don’t worry there are ways to correct the error.
FAQs

You Asked, We Answered: Yield Alternatives for IRA Investors - Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)

For May's national webinar we discussed Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs). Participants who joined our free webinar had the opportunity to ask Bill Neville, Business Development Manager at The Entrust Group and Jon Bren, our guest and e...
Blog Articles

One-Size Does Not Fit All in Retirement Savings

Anyone who’s ever strained the seams of a ‘one size fits all’ T-shirt knows there really is no such thing. The same is true for families and retirement planning.
Blog Articles

Investing 101: Building Your Precious Metals Portfolio

One of the biggest questions for new buyers of precious metals is "What should I buy?" The first rule often addressed is to avoid collectible or numismatic coins and the exceptionally high premiums that dealers charge for them. This discuss...
Blog Articles

Top 3 Reasons to Perform Due Diligence on Self-Directed IRA Invetments

Holding alternative investments, such as real estate, in a self-directed IRA can help build retirement funds. However, because these accounts allow for more investment freedom, they are also associated with increased risk.
Blog Articles

If You're Self-Employed It Pays to Understand 401 (k) Rules

Uber and Lyft drivers. Housecleaners. Photographers and freelance writers. What’s being called the “gig economy” is having an impact on the number of people who are self-employed. In 2013, 6.8 percent of U.S. workers were self-employed, acc...
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[Infographic] Crowdfunding with a Self-Directed IRA

A self-directed IRA is the only retirement savings vehicle that allows you to have full control over your investments. With this type of account, you have access to a wide range of alternative investments, from real estate and precious meta...
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Spring Into Saving With A Self-Directed IRA

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What 20 Years in the Retirement Industry Has Taught Me

After being a retirement consultant in the financial services industry for over 20 years, I often wonder if I am making a difference in the lives of people I come in contact with. Over the years I have taught retirement professionals about ...
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3 Ways Self-Directed IRAs Emplower You

Have you ever felt like your future is out of your control?
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Establish and Contribute to SEP or SIMPLE IRA in September

September and October are significant months for small business owners who make employer contributions to retirement plans for themselves or their employees. If you filed for a tax extension, your return is now due, and your employer contri...
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3 Things Keeping You from Saving for Retirement

Collectively, Americans have $7 trillion invested in their IRA accounts. But on an individual level, a recent survey from the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that the typical worker’s retirement account has a balance of onl...
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New Study: Gold Proves to Stay Strong Year After Year for Investors

Even without the recent stock market convulsions, investors big and small are seeing the value of precious metals as part of a well-rounded portfolio. The World Gold Council maintains one of the world’s oldest assets—gold—pairs well with on...
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Funding Your IRA with a Rollover - Here's How It's Done

Like many Americans, you may have a 401(k) from previous jobs. When you left your old job, did you leave your retirement savings behind? Cashing out will leave you with paying fees, and leaving the funds untouched prevents you from reaching...
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[Infographics] SEP, SIMPLE, and Individual 401 (k): Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

Do you know which self-directed retirement plan could be right for your business and retirement goals? Imagine yourself investing with a SEP IRA, SIMPLE IRA or Individual 401k with these visual representations of the different types of smal...
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Why IRA Academy 2018 is Importatnt for Financial & Retirement Professionals to Stay Competitive

This year, we have both a new tax year and a new tax law that could change many people’s approach to investing and saving. Financial and retirement professionals will have a lot to learn about the new tax law. While you’re in student mode, ...
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New Year, New Site: Find Out What's Changing at Entrust

We've enhanced our website and we’ve kept you in mind the entire time! With our new changes, we’re making it easier to help you find exactly what you need. See what we're updating below:
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[Infographic] Understanding Gold Investments in a Self-Directed IRA

Gold, among a selection of other precious metals, is one of the alternative investments allowed in a self-directed IRA. After 12 years of steady precious metals growth, which brought around 600 percent returns, the prices of gold dropped ag...
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Gold Demand Down, But It Still Glows for Precious Metals Investors

It is a truism that the price of gold and the stock market often work in opposition: when the stock market surges, gold prices decline. In the first quarter of 2018, while the stock markets had their volatile moments, overall returns were p...
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Protect Your Future with Green Investments

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Privatizing Social Security: A Rare Topic of Agreement Amoung the 2016 Presidential Candidates

So far, I’ve set the political and demographic context for a discussion of the presidential candidates’ positions on retirement savings for Americans. This post will present a few of those positions. The most important positions address wha...
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How Super Bowl 50 Can Help You Save for Retirement

We here at The Entrust Group are especially excited about Super Bowl 50because it’s happening here in our backyard. The game will be in the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara and the parties and hoopla have taken over a good part of San Fran...
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10 Presidents Day Quotes for the Savvy Investor

Presidents Day is coming up on Feburary 17. Did you know this day originally falls on George Washington's birthday? In honor of this great American holiday, we became inspired to research timeless quotes uttered by some of the greatest Amer...
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3 Ways the Year of the Monkey Can Help Investors

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey. More specifically, to the year of the fire monkey, which starts on February 8. The monkey is the ninth of 12 signs in the Chinese zodiac, and the fire monkey is the most active and aggressive of the playfu...
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[Infographic] A Simple Path to Retirement Wealth

Retirement preparation is quickly becoming a priority as many face an uncertain financial future. Those looking to take the lead role in directing their futures are exploring the many tax advantages and investment options available through ...
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Retirement Plans for Your Small Business Your Employees Will Appreciate

How does your small business attract and retain the best talent? Offering competitive salaries, good working conditions, opportunities for advancement or a flexible work schedule are all good ideas. Have you thought about adding a retiremen...
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Rising Rents: An Opportunity for Self-Directed IRA Owners

If you’ve been glossing over the headlines about high rents, think again. Historically high rents and low vacancy rates offer an investment opportunity for owners of self-directed IRAs. You can buy rental property through your IRA and benef...
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Guide: Retirement Planning for Dad This Father's Day

You’re well past the age when an IOU for 50 hugs or a weekend of yard work is a cute Father’s Day gift. And how many “greatest dad” mugs can one man use? This article suggests a gift that your dad will appreciate long after the Father’s Day...
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Tick-Tock the Boss is on the Clock - Devising an Exit Strategy for Small Business Owners

I am often asked by business owners about succession and exit planning. The harsh reality is that the landscape is littered with leaders and owners who chose – yes chose – to imperil their legacy and family’s security. Some failed to change...
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Moving from Sucessfull Small Business Owner to Satisfied Retiree

Today’s retirees are more likely to be rock-climbing than sitting in a rocking chair. People may be working longer—59 percent of small business owners plan to work past age 65, according to a 2013 study by the Transamerica Center for Retire...
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Selecting the IRA Plan That Works Best For You

“Which IRA is best for me?” is a common question taxpayers ask when determining which IRA to set up. Most people have two choices: Traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. (Small business owners and people who are self-employed can open SIMPLE or SE...
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Attract and Retain Employees with a Small Business Retirement Plan

Hiring and wages are both picking up: 72 percent of businesses hired employees in 2014 and 74 percent of them raised salaries in the same time period. That gives potential employees more options, and it makes holding on to your current staf...
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Maximize Your Retirement Savings With Your Own Expertise

Are you a real estate maven? Passionate about small business or start-ups? Partial to the security of investing in precious metals?
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Presidential Candidates Agree on Americans Not Saving Enough to Reitre

Those of you who’ve hung in there with me through this six-part analysis of presidential campaign politics and retirement saving know that we’ve already set the stage with my first post in the series What the 2016 Presidential Candidates Ha...
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4 Spending Lessons to Follow This Holiday Season

Are you one of those parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles) who will spend more that you should on your children over the holidays? You won’ be alone. A majority of 62% of parents surveyed by T.Rowe Price for its 2015 Parents, Kids & Mone...
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Apply These 4 Strategies to Start Saving for Retirement now

Far too many Americans are not financially ready for retirement: nearly half have no retirement savings at all. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, two out of three working households with income providers between ag...
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3 Benefical Tips About Investing in Hedge Funds With Your IRA

One way that individuals can diversify their portfolios is to use self-directed IRAs to invest in hedge funds. Investors can amplify the potential for financial growth by making investments in such entities hedge funds which can be consider...
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4 Tips for Holding Real Estate Offshore With Your Self-Directed IRA

One of the most popular investments held by self-directed IRAs and other similar retirement accounts is real estate. Many investors are unaware that it is permitted to hold offshore real estate in a self-directed IRA. Individuals seeking gr...
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5 Hard Truths About Women and Retirement Security

International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8th. People from across the world are stepping up this year to #BeBoldForChange by taking groundbreaking action that truly drives the gre...
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5 Last-Minute Ways IRA Holders Can Reduce Taxes

Don’t stress over taxes. Even though the tax deadline is getting closer, there are still things you can do to make filing your tax return easier. Better yet, you have time to open an IRA (three extra days—until April 18, 2017) or to take ad...
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5 Tips for Property Managers Working With Self-Directed IRAs

Having real estate in a self-directed IRA has many benefits, especially if the property is an income producing property. Although there are ways for IRA holders to manage the property themselves, many choose to hire the expertise of a prope...
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5 Unique Real Estate IRA Investments

Self-directed IRAs offer the ability to use real estate investments to build retirement funds. Here are 5 extraordinary ways to take advantage of this alternative investment opportunity.
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6 Tips for a Financially Secure Retirement in 2017

While two-thirds of Americans surveyed by the Employee Benefits Research Institute are confident that they are financially prepared for retirement, nearly one-half of them have never tried to calculate how much money they will need for a co...
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7 Essential Tips for Taking Distributions From Your Self-Directed IRA

If you’re approaching the age of 59, you will soon be eligible to begin taking distributions from your self-directed IRA without being subject to an early distribution penalty. And if you’re about to turn 70½, it won’t be long until you mus...
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7 Ways to Take Early IRA Withdrawals Without Penalty

Generally, if a self-directed IRA owner takes an early distribution from a retirement account, meaning he/she withdraws money before reaching the age of 59 ½, the IRS will impose an additional tax penalty on any taxable distribution. Howeve...
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Are You Certain You Want to Convert to a Roth IRA in 2018?

Starting tax year 2018, taxpayers must be very certain when they initiate converting their Traditional IRAs or a Direct rollover of non-designated Roth accounts from their 401(k), 403(b) or governmental 457(b) plans to a Roth IRA. Reason be...
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FAQs: Reporting a Fair Market Valuation for Your IRA

Every year, the IRS requires a report of the value of your IRA assets. This is where the fair market valuation (FMV) comes in. A fair market valuation is used to assign or change the value of an asset in a self-directed IRA. A Fair Market V...
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Getting Smart with Self-Directed IRA Distributions

Participating in a traditional self-directed IRA can provide you with diverse investing options and tax benefits. If you have had the opportunity to establish one of these self-directed, tax-advantaged savings accounts and make contribution...
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How Retirement Accounts Are Impacted By Divorce

Divorce is a topic not often discussed by retirement account administrators or investors. According to the Population Association of America, currently, 22 percent of women and 21 percent of men have ever been divorced in 2016. If current d...
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How to Avoid Unintended IRA Distributions for Real Estate Investments

IRA owners investing in real estate have quickly learned they can invest not only in commercial and residential property, but also vacant land, private Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), non-performing notes, self-storage facilities and...
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How to Ensure Your IRA Savings Go Where You Want After Your Death

It was a horror story—a man planning for the future of his grown children before losing his life to cancer, only to have the $400,000 in his IRA go to his wife of two months, who cut the children out the wishes of his will. Leonard Smith ha...
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How to Report a Fair Market Valuation for Your Self-Directed IRA

Every year, the IRS requires a report of the value of your IRA assets. This is not a special addendum to self-directed retirement accounts and is required of all IRAs. But the process is different from reporting the value of non-monetary as...
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New Opportunities in Real Estate Investments Via Crowdfunding and Self-Directed IRAs

At its core, crowdfunding is the collective effort of individuals to pool their money together to support any investment, activity, or cause. Although, by definition, crowdfunding is not a new phenomenon, what is distinguished in the curren...
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Real Estate Financing Options: Non-Recourse Loans

It’s all well and good to talk about the possibilities of investing in real estate using a self-directed IRA. But what if the balance in your IRA falls short of the market price for properties where you want to invest?Don’t worry. Just as h...
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Retirement Checklist: 3 Ways to Plan and Save for Your Dream Retirement

Most New Year resolutions are short-term: get more exercise, eat a healthier diet, and spend more time with family and friends. This year, try something different by making a longer-term resolution to plan and save for your dream retirement...
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The 4 Stages of Saving for Retirement and How to Prepare for Them

Many people don’t think about saving for retirement until the day they realize it is inevitable. Many retire voluntarily while others are forced to retire involuntarily. Whatever the situation may be, it’s good to understand the big picture...
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There's Still Time to Contribute to Your IRA Before April 15

With the 2014 tax deadline approaching, you’re already thinking about taxes and money. Why not do something that can help your tax situation and help you save for retirement? Open a self-directed IRA with The Entrust Group absolutely free b...
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Top 3 Questions IRA Holders Have About Property Taxes

Every year, self-directed IRA holders who invest in assets like real estate or commercial properties have to keep up with expenses like property taxes. One thing IRA holders need to keep in mind is that all expenses related to property owne...
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Top 3 Reasons Why Americans Retire Abroad

Americans who plan to relocate after retirement are looking beyond Arizona and Florida when they plan for retirement. Far beyond. Central American countries like Costa Rica, Belize and Nicaragua promise tropical living at a lower cost. In E...
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What Coins Can I Hold in My Self-Directed IRA?

Self-directed IRAs can invest in alternative investments, such as gold and other precious metals. These types of accounts are commonly known as Gold IRAs or Precious Metals IRAs, often popular due to the protection they offer against inflat...
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What Does it Mean to Invest in Mortgage Notes?

Most people think of a mortgage as a vehicle for buying a home, not an investment. Often times, someone selling a home actually ends up financing the buyer’s purchase and “takes back” a note. They serve the same function as a bank and are c...
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What Financial Advisors Need to Know to Help Baby Boomers Prepare for Retirement

Baby Boomers coined the phrase “don't trust anyone over 30.” Today, they are anywhere from 53 to 74 years old and don't trust their retirement savings—or the Social Security system—to provide a comfortable retirement.
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Where Do You Fit? Retirement Savings Characteristics Through a Generational Lens

Three generations of Americans are now in the workforce, and should be saving for retirement. And, just as each generation has its own approach to life and work, each has a different take on retirement saving.
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Why IRA Academy 2018 is Important for Financial & Retirement Professionals to Stay Competitive

This year, we have both a new tax year and a new tax law that could change many people’s approach to investing and saving. Financial and retirement professionals will have a lot to learn about the new tax law. While you’re in student mode, ...
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You Asked, We Answered: 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Investing With an IRA LLC

Every month we like to collect questions asked by our webinar attendees to provide the best answers to all those investment inquiries. This month of June we discussed IRA LLCs, and what mistakes to avoid when investing with one. These quest...
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You Asked, We Answered: 6 Self-Directed IRA Rules Investors Need to Know

For this month's webinar, we discussed 6 self-directed IRA rules investors need to know. Participants who joined our free national webinar had the opportunity to ask Bill Neville, our Business Development Manager at Entrust, questions regar...
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You Asked, We Answered: Non-Recourse Loans and Your IRA

For our September national webinar, we discussed the pros and cons of leveraging your IRA with non-recourse loans. If you missed the webinar, click here to watch the recorded video. During our webinars, we hold a quick Q&A at the end of eac...
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You Asked, We Answered: Partnering Your Real Estate IRA

During our educational webinars, we like to take the time to answer questions from our attendees. This month, we focused helping our attendees understand the advantages and disadvantages of partnering your Real Estate IRA. RE investors are ...
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You Asked, We Answered: Private Placements in Your IRA

For our last webinar of 2016, we hosted a presentation about investing in private placements with your IRA. Continue reading to see what questions investors had during our live Q&A:
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You Asked, We Answered: Real Estate IRA Investment Trends and Insights

For this month's webinar, we discussed 2017 Real Estate IRA investment trends and insights. Participants had the opportunity to ask Bill Neville, our Business Development Manager, questions regarding Real Estate IRAs and more. Continue read...
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You Asked, We Answered: Tax-Time and your Self-Directed IRA

During our national webinars, we like to take the time to answer questions posed by our our webinar attendees. This month, we focused on educating our attendees about taking advantage of their self-directed IRAs during tax-time. Depending o...
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The Presidential 2016 Budget Proposal: 5 Potential Effects to IRAs

Every year the President uses the State of the Union Address to announce a few budget initiatives for the following year. While these are only proposals right now, it’s a good idea to track them in the event they gain momentum and become le...
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[Infographic] What You Need to Know about Real Estate Investing with a Self-Directed IRA

Real estate investing with a self-directed IRA can be the key to saving up for a comfortable retirement. If you are an experienced real estate investor, why not put your industry knowledge to work for your future?
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7 Things to Consider When You Want to Retire Abroad

Think of all the things you need to do when you move from one place to another: Change of address cards. Finding new doctors. Transferring bank accounts. When you move out of the U.S.—as an increasing number of retirees are—the list gets ev...
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Positions on Retirement Security: Democratic vs. Republican

Ideally, the positions of the candidates on retirement policy should mirror the platform of their party. In this unusual election year however, there are some disconnects. As mentioned in my first post: What the 2016 Presidential Candidates...
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How Trump's Presidency May Impact Your Retirement Savings in 2017 and Beyond

A changing of the guard in the White House means changes for the American people. When a new president is elected, their administration’s attitudes and beliefs are reflected in the policies enacted throughout their term. With Donald Trump e...
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New Study: Where Self-Directed Real Estate Investors Are Buying Property

Perhaps the biggest advantage self-directed IRAs offer is the ability to invest in what you know. For many Entrust clients, that means real estate. More Entrust clients invest in real estate than in any other asset.
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Top 3 Real Estate Mistakes IRA Investors Make

When IRA investors approach the purchase of a real estate investment, they are typically surrounded by many time sensitive requirements and urgent tasks. With so many distractions, mistakes can be made that cause problems for the IRA holder...
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Dodge These 4 Real Estate Investing Blunders

Real estate is the #1 investment in self-directed IRAs. Income property—from apartment buildings to commercial properties to undeveloped land—offers the potential for good return on your investment over time. It’s also an asset many people ...
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[Infographic] How to Partner 2 IRAs to Invest in Real Estate

Self-directed IRA owners can use many strategies to purchase alternative investments. Partnering is a popular strategy among real estate investors, who are often looking for more capital to purchase larger properties.
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3 Benefits of a Self-Directed IRA LLC

Setting up a self-directed IRA with checkbook control can offer many benefits to investors who are interested in alternative investments. This is a popular strategy among real estate investors, as well as those interested in private equity.
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Traditional & Roth IRA Contributions - FAQs for 2018

It's contribution season, which means, IRA holders (and/or their employer in the case of an employer-sponsored plan) contribute a dollar amount into their IRA. All IRA contributions must be made by check, wire transfer, or cash. Certain req...
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Surprising Facts You May Not Know About Retirement

National Retirement Security Week was from October 16 - 22, and no, that doesn’t mean everyone got to retire. Instead, it was a week that Congress has dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of saving for retirement and the ...
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The Role of Real Estate in Retirement Savings [Free Report]

Real estate is the number one investment of choice among the alternative assets available to Entrust’s self-directed IRA clients. Their investment choices form the foundation of our Real Estate Investor Market Research Report. It also inclu...
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Don't Let Offshore Real Estate Investments Become a Recipe for Fraud

Mix together the growing preference for investing in real estate using self-directed retirement accounts with the upward trend of Americans retiring abroad. Then, stir in the dismaying proliferation of online and real estate investment scam...
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You Asked, We Answered: Real Estate IRAs

During each of our National Webinars, Entrust hosts a Q&A (question and answer) segment after the presentation. While we expect to receive questions about the specific topic, we love to get questions spanning the gamut about self-directed r...
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You Asked, We Answered: How a Real Estate IRA Helped an Investor Increase Returns

For this month's webinar, we explained how a Real Estate IRA helped an investor increase his returns. Bill Neville, our Business Development Manager, presented a case study based on an Entrust client’s story, David Castle. Continue reading ...
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Partners in a Real Estate IRA

Having made handsome profits over the years, Michelle and Charles's plan accounts climbed above $3 million each.
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Self-Directed IRA Terms Every Investor Needs to Know

Medicine. Sports. Engineering. Academics, pretty much every industry has its own vocabulary, and the retirement saving sector is no exception. But that specialized vocabulary shouldn’t be an excuse to confuse people. At Entrust, we believe ...
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5 Tough-to-Predict Retirement Expenses

Having a plan to save enough money to retire is always a good idea. Without proper forecast, though, you may encounter unforeseen expenses when the time comes for you to stop working. A lot of people try to determine their plan all at once,...
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African-Americans Have Less Retirement Savings, Study Says

The contributions African-Americans have made to US history deserve to be honored every month of the year, not just during the “official” February Black History Month. African-Americans also need to plan for their financial future every mon...
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The Retirement Every Small Business Owner Deserves

Payroll. Accounts receivable and payable. Inventory. Marketing. Taxes. Small business owners have plenty to think about and a long list of things that have to be done—today. Maybe that’s why succession planning and saving for retirement are...
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How to Make Charitable Donations That Benefit the Community and Your Taxes

Trees decked with ornaments. Lighted menorahs. Egg-nog-flavored everything. The holidays are hurtling toward us. The Toys for Tots bins and Salvation Army bell ringers are also reminders that this is the season for giving back. Donations th...
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You Asked, We Answered: Decrease Your Taxes in 2017

For this month's webinar, we discussed ways to decrease your taxes in 2017. In addition, we discussed what the tax deadline means for IRA holders, how to make the most from your tax refund and contribution basics like limits and deadlines. ...
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3 Red Flags - What an IRA Administrator Does Not Do

More and more investors are attracted to the idea of self-directing their retirement investments. One of the attractions is the potential for higher earnings on investments in a self-directed IRA. However, that potential could also mean hig...
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Hiring a Property Manager for Your Self-Directed IRA Real Estate Investment

As an experienced real estate agent, I’ve had the opportunity to see how important property management companies can be for investors. In the self-directed investment arena, property management companies help investors avoid the possibility...
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Tax Return Day 2016: There’s Still Time to Count Up Your Deductions

Don’t stress over taxes. Even though April 15 is getting closer, there are still things you can do to make filing your tax return easier. Better yet, you have time to open an IRA (three extra days—until April 18, 2016) or to take advantage ...
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You Asked, We Answered: LLCs in Self-Directed IRAs

We’re taking the time to answer more questions posed during our monthly National Webinars. This month, we’re focusing on investing in LLCs with self-directed IRAs. Requests range from elementary education about prohibited transactions to ad...
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You Asked, We Answered: How to Save Money and Time on Your Entrust Account

Entrust recently held an exclusive webinar for its clients in efforts to educate them about our money and time saving product: The Entrust Group myDirection Visa® Prepaid Card. During the webinar, we collected questions asked by attendees w...
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Self-Directed IRAs Allow Notes as Investment Options

One of the investing options that is available to individuals with self-directed IRAs is notes, which include various debt-based financial instruments such as mortgage notes, trust deeds and various other interest-bearing securities.
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You Asked, We Answered: Top Real Estate IRA Investment Trends Revealed

For our August national webinar, we discussed the top Real Estate IRA investment trends. Most of the information presented was collected from client data and watching real estate trends. If you missed the webinar, click here to watch the re...
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3 Ways to Buy Real Estate with a Small IRA

With the popularity of Real Estate IRAs gaining ground, it’s important that you, as a trusted real estate advisor, stay up to date on this topic. Clients in your database that have retirement wealth may look to you to provide more informati...
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7 Things You Need to Know About Self-Directed IRAs and Taxes

With the April 15 tax deadline mere weeks away, everyone can benefit from a refresher on the tax advantages of self-directed IRAs.
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3 Ways to Supercharge Your Small Business Retirement Plan

Do you know which self-directed retirement plan could be right for your business and retirement goals? Whether you're self-employed, with a staff of 1 or 100, these self-directed IRAs offer two big incentives to encourage business owners to...
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Choosing a Precious Metal Depository for Your Self-Directed IRA Investment

The IRS requires all physical metals invested with a self-directed IRA be securely stored in an approved metals depository or vault for safe keeping. Taking physical possession of metals held by your IRA is not allowed by the IRS until you ...
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5 Ways to Go Green with a Self-Directed IRA This Earth Day

Earth Day isn’t a one-day and done affair. Saving for retirement isn’t something you can do once and forget about either. You can do both when you own “green investments” in your self-directed IRA. A self-directed IRA makes it easy to inves...
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How to Decrease your Taxes in 2017: Open an IRA

Self-directed IRAs can provide you with significant tax advantages as well as allow you access to a wide range of alternative investments. Once you establish a self-directed IRA, you can begin making contributions for the 2016 tax year- up ...
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The Most Common Questions Asked About Precious Metals —Answered!

Understanding how a Precious Metals IRA works doesn't always come naturally to every investor. That's why we collected the most frequently asked questions about precious metals investing including: purchasing, funding and storing your preci...
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5 Ways Small Business Owners Prepare for Retirement

Have you heard the stereotypes? Women plan for the future; men are confident with their abilities. Younger generations take more risks; elders understand the reality of their financial situation. Self-employed business owners want freedom a...
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The Historic Value Behind Silver, Gold and Other Precious Metals

The golden glow of candles. The “Silver Bells” of song. The gelt given at Hanukkah. Precious metals play a strong sentimental role—sparkly baubles make great gifts, after all—at the holidays.
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6 Financial Concepts Taught by American Presidents

You don’t have to read far into The Art of the Deal to learn what drives President Donald Trump’s approach to finances and business. Its first line: "I don't do it for the money. I've got enough, much more than I'll ever need. I do it to do...
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You Asked, We Answered: Real Estate IRAs III

Our monthly webinars are chock-full of information about what IRA investors really want to know. During our webinars, we take the opportunity to not only connect with current and potential investors about their investments, but we also like...
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[Free Report] The Power of Real Estate IRA Investments

Entrust clients have a long track record—35 years—of investing in real estate using their tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts. Part of our mission is to educate investors, and our new real estate report is a prime example of that eff...
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3 Precious Metals You Can Buy with your Self-Directed IRA

Self-directed IRAs allow investors to use alternative investments, such as precious metals, to save for retirement. These retirement accounts offer large tax advantages to investors, presenting great potential for tax-free returns on gold a...
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You Asked, We Answered: Get Your Old 401(k) in Shape

For our first national webinar of the year, we discussed ways to get your old 401(k) in shape. The odds are, you have an old 401(k) from a previous employer collecting dust. Instead of having dormant money in your plan, it's advisable to di...
Reports

Private Placements In Self-Directed IRAs

Everything you need to know about investing in private placements with your IRA is explained in this report.
Reports

Partnering Self-Directed IRA Funds

Expand your knowledge with this case study and report about partnering your IRA with personal funds and other IRAs.
Reports

2017 Real Estate Investor Market Research Report

Learn about the latest real estate IRA investing trends and insights from 2017 in our national report.
Reports

Due Dilligence Report

Investors can get an in-depth look at the process of conducting due diligence for self-directed investments in this report.
Webinars & Educational Videos

You Ask, We Answered: Self-Directed IRA Live Q&A for Investors

Watch this question and answer webinar, where participants ask questions about investing in alternative investments.
Webinars & Educational Videos

Taxes on Your Retirement Plans with Expert John Paul Ruiz [Live Q&A Webinar]

Learn from the questions and answers from this webinar regarding your retirement plan.
Webinars & Educational Videos

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Effects on Retirement Plans and Other Tax Favored Accounts

This webinar explores the possible effects to retirement plans created by the new tax law.
Webinars & Educational Videos

7 Mistakes Real Estate IRA Investors Make

We’ve put together the top 7 mistakes that Real Estate IRA investors make in this informative webinar.
Webinars & Educational Videos

Invest Like a Venture Capitalist

Watch this recorded webinar and learn about investing in privately-held entities, such as companies or small businesses.
Webinars & Educational Videos

3 Tax Advantages For Small Business Owners

Learn about the various tax-advantaged retirement savings plans available to small business owners in this webinar.
Webinars & Educational Videos

6 Self-Directed IRA Rules Investors Need to Know

In this webinar, we discuss the 6 key rules investors need to know about self-directed IRAs:
Webinars & Educational Videos

2017 Real Estate IRA Investment Trends and Insights

We uncover real estate investment trends based on 2017 data from Entrust clients and respected organizations.
Webinars & Educational Videos

Live Self Directed IRA Q&A: Your Questions Answered

During this unique online question and answer webinar, participants had the opportunity to ask questions about self-direction.
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Case Study: How a Real Estate IRA Helped an Investor Increase Returns

This webinar reviews a case study based on an Entrust client’s story to demonstrate the process of investing in real estate with a self-directed IRA.
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3 Reasons why Investors Choose a Roth IRA to Invest in Real Estate

This informative webinar will help you chose between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA.
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How to Decrease Your Taxes in 2017

Every year, investors are trying to find ways to maximize their tax funds. Watchi this webinar to learn how.
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New Year's Resolution: Get Your Old 401(k) in Shape

In this webinar, we will explain how to give your savings a workout and maximize your investing opportunities.
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A Diversification Strategy: Private Placements in Your IRA

Learn about private placement investment options, how to invest in them and also what to condiser when you do.
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Investing in Real Estate With IRA Funds Q&A

Our FAQ webinar covers beginning to advanced questions about Real Estate IRAs.
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How to Use Your IRA to Buy Your Future Retirement Home

Discover the difference between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA and learn how to use you IRA to purchase your future investment home!
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Pros and Cons of Leveraging Your IRA With Non-Recourse Loans

There are some rules to understand before using non-recourse loans. The most important ones include...
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Top Real Estate IRA Investment Trends Revealed

This webinar puts real estate investments in perspective by using data from our clients and insights from 2016.
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Real Estate IRA Q&A: All Your Questions Answered

Investing in real estate with your self-directed IRA isn't too different from a regular real estate purchase. We explain...
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Grow Your Real Estate Business and Generate More Leads

Discover how a Real Estate IRA can help you grow your real estate or financial business.
FAQs

Common Questions About SEP and SIMPLE IRAs for Small Business Owners

While the rules governing SEP and SIMPLE IRAs—two of the most common plans for small business owners—are purposefully straightforward, we often hear a few of the same questions. These answers apply whether you have a self-directed IRA or a ...
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4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Investing With an IRA LLC

A set of rules and regulations that must be followed in order for the IRA to remain compliant, in this webinar we explain...
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How to Invest in Real Estate with an IRA LLC

An IRA LLC offers Real Estate investors benefits as well as disadvantages. Watch to learn...
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5 Partnering Strategies for your Real Estate IRA

Partnering is a popular strategy among real estate investors. We explain 5 of the most popular...
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Understanding the Difference Between Rollovers and Transfers

How you move the funds whether it is via transfer, rollover, or direct rollover, is essential. We explain you options...
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Tips From Savvy Investors: What to Do Before Tax Deadline

It will benefit you to learn how to maximize your contributions with a self-directed IRA. Learn how to prepare...
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How to Transfer Your IRA to a Self-Directed IRA in 5 Simple Steps

Learn how to transfer your old IRA funds into a self-directed IRA in 5 simple steps...
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How to Rollover Your Old 401(k) in 4 Simple Steps

Rollover your old 401(k) in 4 simple steps, watch the video to learn how...
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Individual 401(k) Establishment Deadline is Coming up! What are Your Options?

Small business owners have their own particular need and we like to personalize their options. Discover your options...
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Real Estate IRA Investors' Habits Revealed

Real estate is the #1 investment at Entrust, watch this webinar recording and learn about the real estate investors' habits...
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3 Essential Steps Before Investing in Real Estate

Discover the 3 essential steps before investing in real estate to help you prepare. It's important to...
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3 Compelling Reasons why People Choose an Individual 401(k)

20-year retirement and financial services industry veteran, John-Paul Ruiz (QKA, CISP) talks about which plan could be right for you...
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Live Q&A: Retirement Plans for Small Business Owners

Watch this recorded Q&A webinar to find your answers about retirement plans for small business owners.
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The Missing Piece: Planning your Retirement can Benefit Your Business

You have options when saving for retirement that can also help your business prosper now. We explain...

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Self-Directed IRA Q&A: All Your Questions Answered

Are you interested in learning how to get started with self-directed IRAs? Here are some FAQs...
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3 Myths About Self-Directed IRAs

There are many things that big custodian banks and even some financial advisors don’t tell you about your retirement options. It's important...
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Tax Return and IRAs: What you Need to Know

Learn how to maximize your tax refund by opening and contributing to an IRA before April 15...
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How to Open a Self-Directed IRA

In this webinar, we've outlined the 3 simple steps you need to follow to set up an account and get started...
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3 Ways to Grow Your IRA

Have you created a clear and actionable strategy to get to you to your desired savings goals, here are 3 ways to grow your IRA...
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How Self-Directed IRAs Can Help you Generate More Leads for Your Real Estate Business

What benefits can self-directed IRAs can bring to real estate professionals? Our webinar explains how...
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Your Real Estate Legacy: Self-Directed IRA Beneficiary Options

If you currently have a Real Estate IRA or looking to start one, it’s important to designate your IRA beneficiary with care. Your beneficiary...

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Individual 401(k) Plan and Real Estate Investing Basics: What Every Business Owner Should Know

Are you a business owner? Discover if an Individual 401(k) retirement account is the right option for you in this National Webinar.

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Q&A: Ask us Any Question About Self-Directed IRAs

How do self-directed IRAs work? What assets can I hold within a self-directed IRA? Can I invest in real estate with a self-directed IRA? What are the rules for Real Estate IRAs?

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Hot Topic: Private Placements Within an IRA

Discover if investing in Private Placements with your IRA is the right fit for your retirement and investing goals in this national webinar...
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Self-directed IRA Q&A Forum

Designed to help you understand and explore your options with a self-directed IRA, this webinar is completely run by your questions...
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The Real Estate IRAs

Join us for an educational, webinar discussing how you can invest in real estate with your self-directed IRA.
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Alternative Investment Strategies for Beginners

Gain a basic understanding of alternative investmet strategies with these options during our national webinar...
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Alternative Investments and Self-Directed IRAs: What You Should Know

This webinar examines the landscape of the alternative investments market and resources for alternative investments...
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Outsmarting Investment Scams

Conducting thorough research and analysis on a company or investment is essential in helping you make intelligent investment decisions. We show you how...
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Popular Real Estate Investing Strategies Using a Self-Directed IRA

There are several ways that an investor can invest in real estate through a self-directed IRA. This webinar explores your options.

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Crowdfunding Within a Real Estate IRA

Learn how you can get started with crowdfunding for real estate within your self-directed IRA.

Guides

Real Estate Purchase Process

Understand the steps involved order to invest in real estate with your self-directed IRA.
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Purchasing Rental Property

This case study follows Maria who is interested in owning real estate in a self-directed IRA. She’s not familiar with the process so her realtor puts her in contact with a professional at Entrust.
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Retirement Plan Contribution Cost-of-Living Adjustments

The tax law places limits on the dollar amount of contributions to IRAs. IRC Section 415 requires the limits to be adjusted annually for cost-of-living increases.
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Funding Your Entrust Account

You have options when it comes to funding your Entrust self-directed retirement account. Learn about Rollovers, Transfers, and Contributions.
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The Entrust Group Account Guide

Discover the Benefits of a Tax-Free or Tax-Deferred Entrust Self-Directed Account and choose the right account type for your needs.
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Traditional IRA Guide

Learn about Tradtional IRA eligibility, rules, and more.

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Roth IRA Guide

Learn about how a Roth IRA is an individual retirement plan that is funded with post-tax dollars, but all earnings...
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SEP & SIMPLE IRA Guide

Uncover the benefits of a SEP or SIMPLE plans that provide
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Individual 401(k) Guide

This guide expains how self-employed businesses can save more with a Individual 401 (k).
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Education Savings Account (ESA) Guide

Learn how to save for your child's education with an Education Savings Account.
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Health Savings Account (HSA) Guide

Take advantage of a Health Savings Account by learning how its used to save for health expenses.
Guides

UBIT and UDFI (Understanding UBIT and UDFI)

Unrealted business income is income related to the purpose of a retirement account. Learn what it means for investors...
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Bankruptcy Protection

The Rousey v. Jacoway bankrupcy case made way for self-directed IRAs to be shielded from creditors. Learn more...
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Understanding the Basics of Self-Directed IRAs

Are you a beginner investor? These are the basics of self-directed IRAs...
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Prohibited Transaction Checklist

lanning a new transaction? Use this quick checklist to make sure you are not engaging in a prohibited transaction...
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Money Smart for Older Adults

Read this guide to learn about and prevent common frauds, scams and other types of elder financial exploitation...
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2017-2018 IRA Contributions Limits for IRAs and Other Tax-Advantaged Plans

Keep track of the contribution limits for the 2017-2018 year...
FAQs

4 Frequently Asked Questions about Self-Directed IRA Distributions

There are many self-directed IRA questions surrounding required minimum distributions (RMDs). The deadline for RMDs, or to establish separate accounts for beneficiaries of IRA holders who passed away in 2014 is December 31st, 2015. This art...
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IRA Contribution Limits 2018 [Chart]

Each year, the IRS announces updated contribution limits and income thresholds for Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). The IRA contribution limit is...

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5 Ways to Partner Your Self-Directed IRA

Self-directed IRA owners have the option of partnering with other funding sources to purchase alternative investments. This strategy is most commonly used for real estate investments, as this asset class requires a lot of purchasing funds.
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Make the Most of Your IRA by Understanding Prohibited Transactions

A self-directed IRA allows you to have more investment options and flexibility, compared to many other retirement accounts. However, it is very important to...

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Ways to Protect Your Self-Directed IRA from Fraud

As an investor, it’s always beneficial to make sure your investments are secure from fraudulent activity and scams. We will be going through the...

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Black Market to the Free Market: Investing in Cannabis with Your Self-Directed IRA

Now more than ever, cannabis has increased in popularity, especially after being legalized in more than 20 U.S. states. What many investors don’t know is that...

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Top 10 Self-Directed IRA Questions of 2018 Answered

Watch this live Q&A webinar on topics such as partnering with other investors, investing in real estate with an LLC, conducting due diligence, and more.