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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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4 Unique Investment Opportunities for a Self-Directed Real Estate IRA

Paper houses in front of a laptop with “Property Investment” on the screen with an increasing graph to show investment growth after investing with a Self-Directed Real Estate IRA.
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September 12, 2022

Community Property in Allocating a Self-Directed IRA

In cases of divorce or inheritance, who gets the Self-Directed IRA? It sounds like a simple question, but anything having to do with finance and government rules is almost never simple. Any time assets need to be allocated, there is often a complicated mix of federal laws, state regulations, and personal circumstances. In the case of deciding ownership of a Self-Directed IRA, those […]
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November 1, 2021

When a Self Directed IRA Goes Small

When a Self Directed IRA account holder starts researching rental properties, multifamily homes are always at the top of the list. These can provide numerous rental incomes while consolidating management into one small convenient area. However, multifamily homes come with their own challenges. Neighbors often don’t get along, and with multiple units, it seems as if somebody is always having an issue. Luckily for Self Directed IRA investors, a new […]
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October 25, 2021

Big Real Estate Deals for Self Directed IRAs

A Self Directed IRA allows you to think outside the box. No longer confined to the world of stocks and mutual funds, you can start brainstorming new and potentially better assets. Normally, the first go-to asset is real estate. This is because a Self Directed IRA is naturally optimized for buying a property. It has enough of a reserve to make it financially feasible, and the […]
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October 20, 2021

What Holds Investors Back From Investing in Real Estate

Every few years an event occurs which causes investors to reconsider where they put their investment dollars. A stock market crash can do it, but so can a stock market boom. If an investor feels that their funds may be tied up in a bubble, it’s understandable that they would start looking at alternatives. The most classic asset class to consider after Wall […]
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October 18, 2021

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.  Investing potential – How easy will it be for your Self Directed IRA 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:  Why is a Self-Directed IRA is a good fit for foreign real estate investing?  What kind of Self-Directed IRA makes these investments possible?  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 […]
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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

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

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
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