Ways to Keep Your Mind – and Your Investment Portfolio – Sharp During Retirement

Mental and physical activities are important as we get older; they keep our cognition and our bodies in better shape. Crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, and math games keep your brain active. Age-appropriate workouts and fitness classes, hikes and bike rides, even mall walking are ways to keep your muscles toned at any age.

Pushing yourself to stay fit and active in all ways is an important part of maintaining a healthy retirement. The same goes for pushing yourself to build a diverse investment portfolio to maintain healthier finances in your later years. One way to build retirement wealth is to use self-directed IRA’s.

While you’re seeking something new to learn, why not apply that quest for knowledge into researching alternative assets that are allowed in self-directed retirement plans? Through self-direction, individuals make all their own investment decisions and may include a broad array of nontraditional investments within these plans.

The self-directed the planned investment, which is something he or she already knows and understands (and may already be investing in outside of an existing IRA or other retirement plan). The investor sends instructions to the retirement plan administrator, such as Next Generation Trust Services, who then performs a thorough transaction review for asset feasibility, and then processes the transaction on behalf of the account holder.

What you should know about self-directed retirement plans

  • Self-directed plans are as varied as your investment interests. Just as you wouldn’t plan a boring retirement, you don’t need to plan a boring investment strategy. The nontraditional investments within these plans may be real estate, precious metals, commodities, private placements, loans or mortgages, and much more.
  • Self-directed retirement plans offer the same tax advantages of regular plans. Depending on whether you open a Traditional or a Roth IRA, you’ll enjoy tax-deferred or tax-free growth on your investments.
  • All income and expenses related to the asset flow through the plan. You may not use personal funds or benefit personally from the asset; the self-directed IRA or 401(k) pays for all the expenses and income goes to the retirement account—not to the account owner.
  • Opening a self-directed retirement plan is easy with Next Generation Trust Services. All the forms you need to get your account open and funded are on our website here. You’ll also find informative videos about various types of forms or accounts to sharpen your knowledge.

As always, our helpful professionals are available to answer your questions about the various types of plans, alternative assets and self-directed transactions available; they can also help you get you started on your way to a potentially sharper financial future through self-direction. Contact us at Info@NextGenerationTrust.com or 888.857.8058.

 

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