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I have been talking to many high paid professionals like you lately who have found some inspiration from the guests that I have had on the show. Whenever I get a chance to ask people what kinds of things they want to invest in, they rattle off a lot of great stuff like real estate, mortgage notes, and even gold. Virtually everyone, including me, wishes they had all the money in the world to buy things and invest with others. It’s stuff that actually has a good chance of making money and well…it’s kind of fun isn’t it?
In many of the conversations I’ve had, the idea of using retirement funds to invest in some of these real assets has come up. What I realized is that most of you don’t know that you’re retirement account does not have to be limited to the garbage your wealth advisor recommends…namely stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. I spent all of my last podcast episode trashing these volatile and nonsensical derivatives so I won’t do it again. But what really gets me irritated is the fact that Wall Street is behind most people’s ignorance. You see, they don’t want you to know that you can buy things like real estate and gold with your retirement funds. Why would they? Wall street is not there to make you money, they are there to take your money through huge commissions and fees and if you started investing in real assets instead of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, they wouldn’t get to take advantage of you.
In fact, if you have a wealth advisor, ask him or her if you can invest in real estate with your retirement funds. I guarantee many of you will, in response, get a blank stare or your advisor will simply say no. In rare instances, you might hear your advisor refer to this as alternative investments. Alternative investments??? Gold has had value for thousands of years. What’s alternative about that?
Wall Street will make you think it is difficult and risky to self direct your retirement funds but it’s neither in my opinion. In fact, today’s guest on Wealth Formula Podcast will tell you exactly how you can do it!
Ask any tax professional about the tax code and they will tell you that it is 90 percent gray. Then why is everyone being so conservative? Well, professionals have a terrible fear of being audited. They have a terrible fear of breaking the law. I get it. No one wants that kind of stress in their life.
However, let’s talk for a second about how the government creates the tax code and what it is meant to do. Of course it is meant to create revenue for the government to spend on important things like roads and schools. That’s obvious. But what is not that obvious is that the government uses the tax code to incentivize investments that it believes are in the best interests of our country.
Let’s take for example the huge tax benefits to investing in oil exploration. Whatever the stated cause for our involvement in various Middle East conflicts, it has always come down to our oil interests. It is the reason we call Saudi Arabia our ally despite the fact that they are, more than any other country in the world, to blame for the rise of terrorism. We started to really understand that maybe this wasn’t a good arrangement after September 11, 2001 and have been hard at work to become energy independent from the Middle East ever since. In fact, the government created phenomenal benefits to investing in oil and gas essentially making the majority of the invested capital tax deductible.
Doing what the tax code allows us to do is not only prudent, but in this case, it’s patriotic! Now why would you be scared of something like that? Like everything else we talk about on Wealth Formula Podcast, it all comes down to educating yourself. Why doesn’t your neighbor or colleague invest in things like this or even know about this? It’s because your neighbor is not taking the time to learn the way you are by listening to this week’s episode of Wealth Formula Podcast.
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