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21st Century Diversification: A guide to investing retirement funds.

A Minute With Dan: Contributions For 2018 Before Taxes

With the April 15th tax day approaching, a simple and common inquiry is "how much can I contribute to my IRA?" The answer (i.e. options) are: - $5,500 for 2018 - $6,000 for 2019 (yes, you can contribute for 2018 today).

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3 Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Directed Solo 401(k) Compliance

As the deadline to file 2018 taxes looms ever closer, it’s important we take a step back and re-examine some of the rules governing self-directed individual retirement accounts to ensure Rocket Dollar account holders are in full compliance with all...

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February 2019 KingsCrowd Top Deal Selection

We know at KingsCrowd that startup investing can be rewarding, but the time it takes to identify strong deal flow and actually due diligence those companies can be time-consuming and challenging. That is why we track all online startup investing portals...

How to Invest in Startups like a Venture Capitalist

Want to build your own venture portfolio? Watch our webinar with our partner 1000 Angels and find out how.

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Do These 2 Things Before Filing Taxes If You Have A Self-Directed Retirement Account

Tax time is here, and the April 15 deadline will arrive soon. Here's what you need to do to be prepared.

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Continued Growth In Private Markets Creates Broader Investment Opportunities

As private markets have exploded in the past 10 or so years, investment opportunities are emerging.

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How to Use The Rule of Three to Ship a Better Product

It’s no revelation that the technology industry can never let well enough alone, and for good reason. The nature of tech is rooted in rapid innovation: companies must continually pivot, build, and launch new products and features to outrun obsolescence....

A Minute With Dan: How To Raise More Money Fast

Are you one of the million that needs to raise more money faster? Watch our latest video of A Minute With Dan to find out. P.S. Be on the lookout for one of the Rocket Dollar co-founder's making a cameo in this week's video. Visit our partner page and...

A Minute With Dan: Roll Over Your Old 401(k)

Have you recently made a job change? As you move on to bigger and better, take 5 minutes to take inventory of your old retirement account, as it may need to find a new home within 90 days. Don't just "set it and forget it" in another mutual fund....

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The Roth IRA: How it Can Benefit Your Retirement Income Today and in the Future

Prior to founding Rocket Dollar, I worked for many years as a Certified Financial Planner. Continuing education is a requirement of maintaining my CFP designation, so it’s not uncommon to find me parked in an easy chair on the weekends reading about all...

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Real Estate Investing Can Be Just As Easy As Investing In Stocks And Bonds

Real estate has long been a crucial asset class for retirement investors – and for good reason. Since 2000, real estate has returned 10.71 percent annually.

A Minute With Dan: 50 is the new 61

Some folks say 40 is the new 30, and 50 is the new 40, I say that 50 is the new 61. As in that anybody 50 years or older can contribute up to a whopping $61,000 for 2018! Those under 50yrs with a Self-Directed Solo 401(k) also benefit greatly, by...

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January 2019 KingsCrowd Top Deal Selection

KingsCrowd is back with our favorite deals of the month that you can invest as little as $100 in. As a reminder, thanks to the JOBS Act, anyone can now invest in startups online with as little as $100 through FINRA registered platforms like Wefunder, ...

Exploring The Expanding Definition Of What It Means To Diversify In The 21st Century

You know what you're supposed to do to avoid risk: diversify, diversify, diversify.

A Minute With Dan: Real Estate Asset Classes

Dan visits California for IMN and Geraci real estate conferences and tells all about the real estate assets you can invest in with a Self-Directed IRA or Solo 401(k), Download our real estate white paper, "Leveraging Retirement Funds To Build A Real...

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Why We Are Leaving “Set It and Forget It” Behind in 2020

You know those annoying infomercials that clog up the late-night airwaves as they hawk everything from perfect abs to greaseless grills? Well, you can thank Ron Popeil for those.

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Self-Directed IRA versus a Traditional IRA: What are the Primary Differences?

People often ask us about the primary differences between “traditional” individual retirement accounts and the Self-Directed IRAs. In the grand scheme of things, there aren’t many differences; what’s emerged over time, however, are the different...

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How and When to Use a Self-Directed IRA | Rocket Dollar

While Self-Directed IRAs are not commonly known, even among financial advisors and Wall Street investment bankers, they are an excellent retirement option for investors who want to diversify their assets beyond stocks, bonds and mutual funds.