One of the lesser known investment assets enabled by a Self Directed IRA is the promissory note. Let’s break down how a promissory note works, how a Self Directed IRA can invest in one, and what are some of the pitfalls that should be avoided. What is a Promissory Note? A promissory note is in its essence a bill of debt. The investor gives [...]
Along with choosing the right cake and flowers, newlyweds should be aware of how saying "I Do" affects their tax situation and retirement planning.
The past few years have shown America's volatility in almost every asset class. That means it’s harder to be consistent in retirement investing. However, that doesn’t make it any less important. Now, more than ever, investors should be aware of trends and news that can affect their retirement saving. Here are some of the latest [...]
Retirement legislation has often been characterized as being confusing and without obvious benefits. However, the IRS and the government at large has begun making a move towards more taxpayer friendly laws and clear communications. In late 2019, the SECURE Act was passed. This was a series of retirement law reboots that sought to make retirement planning more workable for the [...]
Last week we started a discussion about the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. This is an official IRS document that outlines what taxpayers can expect in the way of fair treatment. The first half of the list focused on elements of the product and the system. Now we’ll jump into the second half of the list which covers some more fundamental rights, as well as one that functions as an obvious olive branch.
Tax code can be confusing but that shouldn’t stop you from getting the maximum benefit. Let’s break down a recent tax change involving the new Solo 401(k) deadline and clarify what it means for you. (If you happen to enjoy tax law in all of its glorious complexity, you can check out the original Congressional bill here. Pay particular attention to Sec. 201.) Two Types of Solo 401(k) Contributions The Solo 401(k) [...]
As you continue to see headlines and articles about a potential upcoming recession, your preparation for this scenario becomes that much more paramount. You saw how it worked out for those who were exclusively tied up in the stock market back in 2008. The damage done to thousands of retirement accounts was catastrophic, [...]
The sky, I mean, the Dow is falling. After dropping by 800 points yesterday (the fourth largest single-day drop on record), The Dow Jones Industrial Average is igniting early signs of panic for investors. The gravest warning sign amid the carnage yesterday came from the inverted yield curve in the bond markets. This [...]
The Summer of Crypto continues. With the recent announcement of a partnership between MoneyGram and Ripple, crypotcurrency's momentum has not only been maintained, but accelerated. In the immediate aftermath of the news, MoneyGram's stock leaped by 168%, causing some to draw parallels between this and the bitcoin boom of late 2017. "Hype" always carries [...]
By Jacob MarkowitzWe’re all guilty of it at one point or another – that moment where we completely change our stance on something we adamantly believed previously (for me, I appropriately ate my words after initially disliking sushi). JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon recently had one such change of stance which may very well have [...]