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How can real estate investors prepare and protect their properties from hurricanes?
Hurricane Harvey has been devastating for many in Texas, and across the south. More storms are on the way, and experts forecast this will be a far more active Atlantic Hurricane Season than average. How can investors be prepared, minimize risk, and be best positioned to bounce back after a major storm?
Minimizing risk, and creating a sustainable real estate investment strategy is all about advance planning. You’ve got to have a plan well ahead of these storms. This should layout the moves you’ll make, when these steps will be taken, and what you’ll do after a storm. This includes factors like; protecting paperwork, getting contractors out to secure properties, planning backup lines of communication, and having the financial reserves to navigate all of this.
Insurance is critical during times like these. Select a sound insurance company. Make sure that you have all the types of insurance you need. Note that in Houston, only around 15% of properties in the path of the flooding had flood insurance. You may need to add this, and windstorm too. Reevaluate the amounts of your coverage. Does it just cover any loans you have on the property, or full replacement cost? Do you have enough cash to cover your deductible?
Using financial leverage is a great way to help minimize risk in investing too. Having a loan or line of credit can engage another party in sharing your risk. The extra cash you don’t have to put in can be used to diversify in number of units and geographically so that your portfolio and income is insulated from the impact of natural disasters. For those who don’t particularly like debt, consider a non-recourse loan while means you are not personally on the hook.
Experienced Asset Managers
Your asset and property managers can make all the difference in a storm. Investors need savvy managers who know how to prepare, have plans, and have the crews to get out and prep, secure, check on, and repair properties fast. Visit sdira.tv to learn more about financial strategies.
Get Out of the Way
It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Storms can change in strength and direction quickly. It can be too late to escape if you drag your feet. There may be no airline tickets or gas. Get out of the way, take your important documents, and stay safe until things are back to normal.
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Financial experts provide new money strategies in wake of Equifax hacking scandal
Experts deliver new alternative investment advice and resources for individuals being impacted by the giant 2017 Equifax data breach. This includes all new episodes of SDIRA TV with national finance experts and investment advisors, as well as a side by side comparison white paper on retirement investing options.
The record breaking data theft at Equifax which was revealed in early September 2017, is the largest, and potentially most devastating hack yet. The credit bureau originally announced that 143 million Americans had their personal information stolen. Other cybersecurity analysts have since put this number closer to 300 million, or 75% to 100% of the entire population.
Deeper concerns have surfaced as it was discovered three Equifax executives sold off substantial amounts of personally held stock before making the breach known.
With individuals or corporations in control of such sensitive data, and the ability to steal identities, it is quite possible millions of Americans will see their credit take serious damage in the next few years. With credit now a pivotal factor in investing, qualifying for jobs and career promotions, and finding housing, there are significant concerns over the future of their finances.
One of the few solutions available may be investing with current capital already in 401ks and IRAs, which may need to be wisely restructured given the current threats. Experts featured in new episodes of SDIRA TV also highlight the option to use non-recourse loans to expand and accelerate portfolio growth, without personally guarantees that show on their individual credit.
Access these resources, and learn more about alternative investing with a retirement account at SDIRA.TV.
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Web-based SDIRA TV channel offers key knowledge from financial experts on using savings in 401k and IRAs to rebuild and recover from recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The channel has just released new video interviews with retirement investing specialists, and a must read side-by-side comparison guide to 401ks and IRAs.
Chief financial analyst for Bank Rate, Greg McBride, came out on Fox on September 5th, 2017 to warn that tapping cash from 401ks should only be a last resort due to the high taxes that could be involved. This could be true for many who are currently out of work and are waiting on insurance claims. Yet, a panel of advisors from SDIRA.TV also note that there are many ways to rollover these funds to invest and rebuild their finances, without penalties. This also includes the Solo k, which may provide penalty free loans to business owners and the self-employed.
In addition to the new side by side comparison resource to evaluate retirement account options, individuals will also find the site offers a substantial lineup of experts; including leaders from MJS Think Tank, URS Capital Partners, Specialized IRA Services, and Growth Equity Group, as well as leading finance professionals like Chase Thompson.
Some residents of Southern Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, as well as those with investments there, may have little choice but to access from of their retirement funds to stay afloat and cover the immediate cash crunch. However, there may be smarter ways to do it, without incurring double digit tax penalties. For others it may just be a need to find more profitable and safer investments to put their retirement funds into.
Find out more about your options and access these critical and tax saving resources at SDIRA.TV.
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Tampa based, SDIRA.TV has launched a menu of new investment education tools including self-directed retirement investing episodes, live events, video tutorials, and eLearning guides. Through these channels, and a member forum of tens of thousands of peer investors, those looking to make smart money moves will find advanced tax saving strategies, real estate investment opportunities, and how they can find long-term vehicles for generating passive income in retirement.
For at least the second time this year, legendary investor Warren Buffett has been in the news for making a major real estate play. According to National Real Estate Investor in June 2017 it was announced that Berkshire Hathaway was taking a near 10% stake in Store Capital for $377M. This follows Buffett’s personal investment in 2 million shares of Sears related real estate. Other recent real estate related investments include Canada’s Home Capital, and Berkadia Commercial Mortgage. This is all in addition to his other plays which most notably include Clayton Homes and Berkshire Hathaway Realty.
Home prices have been rising according to the latest data from the National Association of Realtors, and real estate continues to be a strong income play for those seeking passive income, and stable long-term investments. Bank of America Merrill Lynch reports that billions are being plowed into this sector, even after Fed Chairwoman, Janet Yellen’s recent prediction that we are unlikely to see another financial crisis during our lifetimes.
Self-Directed IRA TV (http://sdira.tv) is a platform which educates investors on how they can invest in real estate precious metals, and private equity, through tax protected retirement accounts. The head of SDIRA.TV, Cynthia Faulkner, says, “Self-directed retirement account investing can give individuals the freedom to invest in real estate and other income producing assets, with a strong long-term outlook.”
Those who hope to mimic Buffett’s success in investing for their own financial futures, and who want to learn more about controlling their retirement investments can get a free copy of The Investor Success Toolkit at https://sdira.tv
It may seem easy to put off until later in your career, but saving for retirement needs to be a priority as soon as you start earning income. At least if you want to have a say in what your retirement looks like. No one wants to reach 65 and be forced to keep working, or rely on the welfare system or their children to get by.
It’s important to keep in mind that there are government-issued limits on how much you can contribute to tax-advantaged accounts each year, so there’s a missed opportunity cost every year you don’t contribute. And unless you’re expecting an exorbitant inheritance (which is never a guarantee!), preparing for retirement will require some effort.
There’s no secret amount of retirement savings or strategy that will work for everyone. Except for getting started. That is a strategy that everyone needs to employ and the sooner, the better. Here are 7 strategies to get your retirement saving started.
Create a Debt Repayment Plan
Tackling your debt as soon as possible will allow you to be more in control of your finances in general. If you are working on paying down debt, whether student loan or car loans or something else, it doesn’t mean you have to hold off on saving for retirement. In fact, waiting until you’re debt-free before saving for retirement can put you in a precarious position and even delay your retirement age. Look at your monthly income and order your debts by priority to make a smart repayment plan. It’s a good idea to create a debt repayment plan while also setting aside some money for the future. In the beginning this can be a very small amount.
Make the Most of Your Employer-Sponsored Plan
It’s a good idea to start by seeing what retirement plans your employer offers. Whether it’s a 401(k), 403(b) or 457, these vehicles can help you reach your retirement goal. This could mean establishing automated contributions from your paycheck each month, as well as maxing out company match programs, where employers provide a percentage or each retirement contribution up to a certain amount. This is generally an easy way to get started and if you have any questions, your Human Resources department should be able to help.
Open a Low-Stress IRA
If your company doesn’t offer a retirement saving program, or if you want to save somewhere else, consider an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Once you choose the IRA that’s right for you, contact the appropriate bank, broker, mutual fund representative, or other investment account holders to get started. Find an account without minimum contributions so you’ll enjoy the returns without feeling the pressure.
Look into the Roth
When it comes to IRAs, a Roth account can be a great option – so long as you qualify. With a Roth IRA, your investment comes from after-tax income, so you won’t have to pay taxes on the Roth funds you withdraw in retirement. It means you don’t deduct your contributions when you file your tax returns and get the break now, but you will reap the benefits later. This means it can be especially helpful for those who believe they will be in a higher tax bracket in retirement. Plus, Roth IRA don’t have Required Minimum Distributions, which means you won’t have to start taking that income when you hit a certain age.
It may seem obvious, but being aware of your finances can be the best way step to take immediately. It’s important to know where you currently stand, for both your income and your spending. You may think you have it all together financially, but seeing your breakdown on paper – or screen – will make it much clearer. This can help you see the areas you can cut back to make sure your spending matches your priorities. If saving for retirement is a goal for you, make sure it’s reflected in your budget.
Make a swap
When you asses your spending, it can sometimes be really clear that there is a category you can cut back on. If that’s not the case, it may require a bit more work from you. For example, can you up your income by working towards a promotion, switching jobs or even careers. Small changes can certainly help – cutting out daily coffees, cigarettes, expensive lunches or frequent clothing purchases – but the biggest impact can come when you adjust spending on the big categories. This includes housing and transportation. Can you find a cheaper place to live? Can you reduce the amount you are spending on car payments by swapping out your expensive car for a more modest model? Once you’ve made some changes, it’s important to immediately earmark that savings for your retirement.
Use an App
If bank branches and wealth managers give you stress, you may want to turn to online tools. You can even start saving for retirement right from your phone with apps like Acorns and Motif. This technology makes it easy for anyone to compare plans, keep track of retirement savings and make regular contributions. Find a tool that you feel comfortable with and that helps you reach your goal.
The sooner you begin saving for retirement, the longer your money has to grow. Compound interest works in your favor. This is where your money earns interest and then that money earns interest. Having your money work for you means you don’t have to work to earn it. No matter where you are in your life or career, you can choose to make retirement a priority right now.
The S&P 500 has suffered a 7 to 10 percent decline in each year since 1995. I believe this year is no different — and that, in fact, such a decline is around the corner.
First of all, the market’s strength appears to be flagging. Sure, the S&P is up 9.2 percent this year, but more than half of that advance came in the first two months of 2017. It is striking to note that right now the index stands almost exactly where it found itself at the beginning of June.
This is odd, because the fundamentals have proceeded quite well. The improvement in earnings we saw in the first and second quarters, and the recent better-than-expected economic data, have all become evident after most of this year’s rally had already taken place. In other words, this is yet another example of when the market moves differently than the way fundamentals tell us it “should” move.
But this distinction isn’t encouraging; quite the contrary.
Beyond the stalling in the level of the S&P 500 itself, it is interesting to note that the number of stocks above their 200-day moving average has declined markedly. This tells us that the market is becoming more “narrow” in leadership.
Even worse, we’re also seeing a divergence in the breadth of the market on days in which the S&P sees a big move. Last Tuesday, when the S&P 500 enjoyed a 1 percent rise, 4.5 stocks in the index advanced for each that declined. Yet two Thursdays ago, when the market slid 1.5 percent, 20 stocks fell for each that rose.
And let’s not forget about the macroeconomic backdrop.
The Federal Reserve plans to begin to shrink its balance sheet, which means there will be less liquidity in the system than there has been in many years. As we have shown many times in the past, this liquidity has been the key fuel for the rally over the past eight to nine years — so the fact that it’s going to be less plentiful going forward makes us quite cautious.
With monetary policy changing, we need to see fiscal policy pick up the slack. Although we do think we’ll get some sort of tax package and other fiscal stimulus before next year’s election, it’s going to be a lot less than people were hoping for, and won’t be enough to make up the difference.
In other words, the improvement in fundamentals is already behind us. Looking forward, several catalysts would seem to suggest that a drop is more likely than a rise. And for close watchers of the charts, the market’s “internals” are telling us that already.