Best Self Directed IRA Custodian

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LesPhelps
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Best Self Directed IRA Custodian

 I'm new to the discussuin forums.  I looked but couldn't find any discusson of the relative security of IRA custodians.  I have a relatively small IRA and trading account with TD AMeritrade.  Fidelity and Ameriprise do a brisk business with retirees from my company.  Any advice on the relative security of various custodian options would be appreciated.  

I am about to retire and am planning to convert my 401k and retirement into an IRA as a staging point to liquidate it over the next few years.

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It seems this is a topic of

It seems this is a topic of little interest and yet it's one of my key concerns.  

Having precious metal investments may turn out to be prudent, but if the institution holding your investment succombs to a major collapse, you still lose.

Regardless, it is difficult to adopt the stick you money under a mattress mentality.  The ease of electronic funds transactions is addicting.

My problem is, I'm finding it difficult to compare investment custodians on a viability basis.  Perhaps it will become clearer with further research.  I have a few months yet.

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LesPhelps wrote: It seems
LesPhelps wrote:

It seems this is a topic of little interest and yet it's one of my key concerns.  

Les

I think the lack of response is because it has been discussed a lot previously.  Try using the search function in the upper right corner to find the threads.

Travlin 

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Greener Pastures

LesPhelps

Yeah. it's been discussed repeatedly. Every few weeks, a new friend shows up and creates a forum topic along these lines after not finding anything.

I usually try to "head them off at the pass" and redirect them to greener pastures, but I guess I didn't see this one until now...

Anyways, here we go!

Poet

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Note: Here are a sampling of other 401(k) and IRA and retirement cashout forum topics, found using the Google Custom Search box on this site (see upper right corner of most web pages here).

401(k)
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/401k/55664

Anyone Taking The 10% Penalty And Cashing Out 401k or IRA?
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/anyone-taking-10-penalty-and-cashing-out-401k-or-ira/14434

Should I Cash Out Early On My State Retirement?
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/should-i-cash-out-early-my-state-retirement/50137

Cashing Out Your Retirement Early And Buy PM's?
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/cashing-out-your-retirement-early-and-buy-pms/51538

Is it time to cash in IRA and pay 50% tax and 10% Penalty?
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/it-time-cash-ira-and-pay-50-tax-and-10-penalty/13659

Need advice on precious metals IRA vs. physical gold vs. GLD/SLV
http://www.peakprosperity.com/forum/need-advice-precious-metals-ira-vs-physical-gold-vs-gldslv/10029

 

 

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Thanks, I started by trying

Thanks, I started by trying that. 

The mistake I made was not scrolling down past the first page, which was entirely google adds.  I see now that there are chrismartenson forum links below the google adds.

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FireFox Browser Plugin Adblock Plus

Ahh. I use the FireFox browser, with a free plugin called Adblock Plus (with a subscription to EasyList). So I didn't even realize you or others were seeing advertisements. Always wondered why people couldn't seem to find anything when they searched...

Anyways, happy hunting!

Poet

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