Diversifying your investments can lead to greater investment success than investing in one market. It’s like the saying, Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In other words, don’t risk everything on the success of one asset, such as stocks. While the stock market may be the most common investment among retirement investors, the 2008 financial crisis is a reminder that Wall Street does not guarantee success. No investment is stable, but different investments perform differently to the economic events. Investment diversity can better protect your retirement funds, as these assets are not moving in the same direction.
President of IRA Financial, and a leading voice in the self-directed retirement industry, Adam Bergman, shares five successful assets that will lead to investment diversity, and shares the benefits of each.
1. Traditional Assets
Stocks, equities, mutual funds, ETFs, etc. are the most popular type of investments among retirement investors. By using the funds in your retirement account to make such investments, all income and gains you generate will not be subject to immediate tax. As a result, they grow in your account unhindered until you take a distribution.
2. Precious Metals
Gold is the most popular IRS approved precious metal to purchase. The benefit of investing in precious metals is that it acts as a hedge against inflation. However, there is a downside when making precious metals investments. The asset does not generate income or returns, such as assets like real estate.
3. Real Estate
The most popular alternative asset among retirement investors is real estate. Real estate helps in diversifying your retirement portfolio and some investors have more faith in this asset than Wall Street. Again, like stocks and equities, all income and gains generated by the investment is tax-deferred without a retirement account.
Related: How to Invest in Real Estate with Retirement Funds
4. Private Business/Placements
Private business and private placement investments can be very risky, as there is no guaranteed return. Additionally, the investment is not regulated by the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions) or any federal/state regulator. However it has the potential for large returns.
Cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin and Litecoin, is a form of digital money. Although it is called “cryptocurrency”, it is not treated as currency by the IRS, but as a capital asset. Cryptocurrency investments are highly risky due to their volatility, but an advantage of using retirement funds to make investments is that all gains will not be subject to immediate tax.
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