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Essentials of Retirement Planning by Eric Robbins

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CHAPTER 18

IRAs in Depth

Introduction

Since individual retirement accounts (IRAs) are commonly used to supplement savings through employer-sponsored plans, it is very important to properly understand them in greater detail. Some assets, like stocks, can be owned without any problem, but other assets, like real estate become a bit trickier. Sometimes, investors will resort to publically traded real estate investments trusts (REITs), but other investors are desperate for direct real estate ownership with retirement assets. The self-directed IRA can help meet this need, but it has many serious potential pitfalls that should be fully understood.

The potential usefulness of traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, and Roth IRA conversions will depend on the taxpayer ...

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