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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 3

Which countries are amenable to retirement investing?  Many have their Self Directed IRA explore international property because they want a new home after they retire. If that’s the case for you, then it pays to research beforehand the countries that may be your best destination. When you look into these countries, you actually have to pay attention to two very different aspects.  Affordable Locations to Retire  Here is a sampling of foreign locales to […]
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October 13, 2021

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

How To Fund Your Self-Directed IRA

Congratulations! You have decided to open a Self-Directed IRA and begin your journey to a richer retirement. You have already filled out an account application and are ready to start investing in the alternative asset of your choice. The next step is to fund your Self-Directed IRA account, which can be done in a variety of ways. […]
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September 29, 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

How To Minimize Tax Payments for RMDs

As your Self Directed IRA saves for retirement, you are probably receiving regular statements as to the size of your nest egg. Those statements can provide a nice number, but they may not be accurate. If you have a Traditional retirement account (as opposed to a Roth), then you might be looking at a large tax bill when you start taking Required Minimum Distributions. Why should that be the […]
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September 1, 2021

How to Evaluate a REIT

REITs are a popular investment for Self Directed IRAs. They are usually not accessible from standard brokerage platforms, yet they provide a more structured venue for real estate investing. For investors who want to get into real estate but don’t necessarily want to personally manage a property, a REIT can be the perfect option.   For an introduction to investing in REITs with a Self Directed IRA, please […]
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August 27, 2021

5 Tips How To Reduce Your Tax Bill By Saving For Retirement

Saving for retirement not only creates wealth for your future self, but it can also qualify you for tax breaks today. With the tax deadline extended until May 17, 2021 there is still some time to lower the amount of income tax owed this year. Here’s 5 tips on how to reduce your tax bill […]
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April 21, 2021

How To File Tax Forms for a Self Directed IRA

‍ Investing with a Self Directed IRA comes with several responsibilities. One important task all IRA accountholders must perform is filing tax forms. The good news is that you’re not alone. Madison will be submitting some of the forms, and can help keep you informed with the rest. Below is a break-down of what needs to be reported and how to file tax forms […]
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October 28, 2020

How To Invest in Real Estate with a Self-Directed IRA

Real estate continues to be a popular topic, from house-flipping television shows to your friend renting out an apartment or a young couple moving into a house next door. This prevalence has led to real estate becoming one of the most popular alternative investments. Are you looking to get in on the action? Let's explore […]
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