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  Why do things always get crazy when corporate investors get involved?   Take a look at alternative investing. As it’s commonly understood, alternative assets are those investment products which don’t commonly fall under the Wall Street banner. On the individual level these can be great retirement products. With a self-directed IRA, an investor can place her retirement funds in a conservative piece of real estate and earn substantially better returns than with a mutual fund. However, when big business takes this route, the “what?!!” quotient quickly escalates...

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It’s generally a given in most industries that movement can produce profit. Whether people, products, or ideas, movement itself creates new venues where money can change hands. This is especially true in the retirement industry. When retirement funds go from “Investment A” to “Investment B”, there is a door standing open with a big sign that says “Free Money”.    What are we talking about? Let’s take a look at your neighbor. John next door is an electrical engineer who just retired from IBM...

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Well, it’s here again.   The country’s biggest sporting event is about to bombard you with targeted advertising, find new and creative ways to separate you from your money, and in general be so in your face that you wouldn’t mind relinquishing it for that root canal that you keep pushing off.   Yes, the IRS and its associated industries are revving up for tax day.   But let’s not blame them. They perform the thankless task of providing the country with the funding it needs to carry on essential services. (Non-essential services (i.e...

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Do you have a good investment opportunity for your retirement funds? Just make sure that it’s not too good, because otherwise the government might feel bad.   What the Government Saw Here’s the deal. The GAO (Government Accountability Office) just released a study in which they took a good long look at IRA accounts and the amount of money in them. Of particular interest to the government were those IRAs that possessed assets in the millions of dollars. While good for investors, high value IRAs rankle the government because they contain a lot of taxable profit that is just sitting there untaxed...

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Here are some of the latest must-read news items for retirement investors.   1. The Great Market Sell-off As you already know, the beginning of October saw an absolutely epic sell-off on the stock market. If you were not aware of this, you will be when you see your next statement. (If you need a bottle of bourbon to deal with it, may I suggest Eagle Rare.) If you’re a regular follower of this blog, then you most probably don’t want to hear we told you so. Let’s move on.   2...

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