After researching and deliberating, you’ve decided you want to invest your IRA money into bitcoin. That’s great to hear, but have you considered doing so in a Roth IRA?
Most people have heard of the Roth, but fewer know what it is. In short, there are two types of IRAs. The first is a traditional IRA. The tax benefit offered by this kind of plan is one where the tax payments are deferred. That means that eventually, you will have to pay the taxman, but you get to do so at an age when you’ll likely be in a much lower tax bracket. Hence more money in your pocket.
A Roth IRA (the same is true for a Roth 401k) also offers a tax benefit, but the returns are tax-free, not just tax deferred. That’s because in a Roth the investor pays all taxes now, not later. This results in one of the great secrets of wealth-building: Not only does the principle come back tax-free, but so do the profits! Since the taxes have already been paid, whatever profits the IRA makes are totally tax free. For cryptocurrency, which has the potential to produce landfall returns, tax-free is exceptionally attractive.
As an example, we have a client who signed up for a Self-Directed IRA in April 2016. He took $92,000 and invested it into Ethereum. About 14 months later, in May 2016, he took out over A MILLION DOLLARS. Best of all, he did so with a Roth IRA, meaning that $900,000+ profit came back tax-free!
The power of a Roth to build real wealth is something that most wealthy people are keenly aware of, and employ as a favored investing vehicle. There’s no reason, though, that the rest of us can’t begin with a modest amount and build a nice tax-free nest egg (or empire) using the power of Roth money.
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