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Welcome to the Madison Trust Self-Directed IRA blog! Here, you will find posts about a wide variety of topics related to Self-Directed IRAs. Whether you're interested in learning about what you can invest in or you need a guide to help set up your account, you can find all the help and information you need right here.

Whether you're looking for information about account maintenance, investing in real estate, or setting up a checkbook IRA, we can help! New posts are always being added, so be sure to check back regularly to stay up-to-date on all of the information you need to know about investing with a Self-Directed IRA.

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How To Invest in a Foreign Property with a Self-Directed IRA - Part 2

Caution tips for small investors  In Part 1 of this series we discussed two important questions:  In this installment, we’ll focus on caution points in the foreign real estate arena. If you’re looking to invest in an international property with a Self-Directed IRA, chances are this may be your first time on the market. That means you’ll be facing a learning curve as you get comfortable […]
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October 11, 2021

How To Invest in a Foreign Property with a Self-Directed IRA - Part 1

Why do investors choose international assets? Why do Self Directed IRA custodians not hold foreign properties?   Thinking about international property  One of the key advantages of utilizing a Self Directed IRA is the ability to diversify better. In a classic IRA, the account holder can diversify within the asset class of market products (e.g. mutual funds.) With a Self Directed IRA, the […]
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October 8, 2021

Disaster Preparedness in a Self-Directed IRA

The IRS has declared September to be National Preparedness Month. The timing certainly seems to be right. Extreme weather events have been battering the U.S. and many people find their properties severely damaged. This is obviously a huge headache for homeowners and tenants as they have to scramble to find temporary lodging. However, it can also mean big trouble for properties owned by a Self […]
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October 4, 2021

Can You Trust Your Financial Advisor?

Any service provider requires a certain level of trust. You want to know that your car mechanic is honest, your doctor is interested in your best welfare, and your teachers are knowledgeable. This is especially true for financial advisors. These professionals are instructing you as to the best way to invest and grow your retirement funds. Not only is it […]
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October 1, 2021

How To Protect Your IRA From Scams

IRAs, and especially Self Directed IRAs, require account holders to be vigilant in investment choice. This is because these kinds of retirement plans are choice destinations for scammers and con men. IRA accounts possess a sizable amount of funds and the account holder is actually looking to entrust those funds with somebody else. This is a gilded invitation for unscrupulous individuals who are looking to […]
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September 27, 2021

IRA Basics – Everything the IRS Wants You to Know

Are you new to retirement investing? Like everything that has to do with finances and the government, it can get complicated. The ideas are new, the account possibilities are seemingly endless, and there’s a ton of new terminology to learn. Don’t worry! By learning a few basic concepts and definitions, you’ll be able to speak intelligently about […]
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September 24, 2021

Congress Looks to Enact Mandatory Retirement Accounts

Congress is getting their new budget ready. As with every new budget, it provides a time to amend existing laws and enact new ones. Of the new enactments this year, Congress is proposing the implementation of a mandatory retirement account. This legislation would require employers to have retirement accounts set up for their employees and make automatic contributions […]
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September 20, 2021

Congress May Restructure Your Retirement Accounts

President Biden recently presented the Build Back Better Plan. This is a multi-trillion dollar spending proposal that provides a Covid-relief package, an infrastructure and jobs plan, and an investment strategy for childcare and education. Having had a first pass through the House’s Ways and Means Committee, Congress has sent it back with a number of mark-ups. These mark-ups cover a lot of ground, and […]
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September 17, 2021

REITs and Debt – A Surprising Partnership

You do not need debt in your life. It may be convenient at times (like a credit card or home mortgage,) but if you had to, you could get by on a cash basis. Many people have actually chosen to go debt free to avoid the problems associated with debt. A REIT does not have this option. In order to grow […]
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September 13, 2021

The Great Fed Taper – What You Need To Know

The future of any economy, even in the short term, is essentially unpredictable. Events like natural disasters, pandemics, and political upheaval can set financial systems spinning. Governments are cognizant of this and to the best of their ability seek to stabilize their respective economies. Here in the U.S. that responsibility is given to the Federal Reserve. Using the tools on monetary policy, the Fed tries to keep the […]
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September 8, 2021
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