How to Find the Best Self Directed IRA Custodian and Investments

Are you searching for the best self directed IRA investments to take advantage of? Are you looking for a self directed IRA custodian to hold your IRA contributions? Since there are so many different self directed IRA investments and custodians to choose from, it can be difficult finding one that will meet your specific needs. This article will explain which self directed IRA custodian is best for you, and what self directed IRA investments are best to take part in.

First, let’s go over self directed IRA investments. You’re probably familiar with the popular kinds of securities most people ultimately invest it- stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. If you take part in an employer’s 401k plan, or if you opened an IRA at a bank or brokerage firm, these are the investments your money is most likely going towards. Some people may invest in other things, but a large majority of people invest in these kinds of assets.

Then, there is a much smaller group of investors, which accounts for less than 4% of all IRA investors. This group of people choose to hold self directed IRA investments, refusing to let their employer or a financial institution control what their funds are being invested in. These people are not only in complete control of their IRA, but they also have a much wider range of investments to choose from.

So what are the best self directed IRA investments to go with? Currently, there’s been a lot of talk about investing in real estate using a self directed IRA. And in my opinion, real estate currently acts as the best self directed IRA investments to go with. And I’ll tell you why…

Right now, the housing market is FLOODED with foreclosed property. The banks and lending companies want to get back whatever they can for the mortgages that defaulted. And as a result, some real estate properties are being sold at ROCK BOTTOM PRICES. Then, you can sell them to qualified buyers or rent them out and make rental income. If you can locate these hot deals, then get ready to make some serious tax-free returns on your investment.

Alright, onto finding an appropriate self directed IRA custodian. There are a few kinds of self directed IRA custodians. The most popular kind are custodians that will hold your funds and make sure all the necessary paperwork and reports are filed on time and the right way. However, this type of self directed IRA custodian cannot legally give you investment advice. So I encourage you to go with this kind of custodian only if you know what you’re doing.

Then there’s another kind of self directed IRA custodian. Technically, they are not really custodians; they’re really companies that specialize in certain kinds of self directed IRA investments (like real estate). They actually point you in the right direction to a custodian that will fit your investment needs- one like I described above. But, you’re able to get a lot more advice and guidance out of a company like this.

For example, with real estate, I communicate with a company that has a program that specializes in real estate IRA investing. They not only direct you towards an appropriate custodian, but they also find the best real estate deals for you to invest in. They’ll even make all the necessary repairs to the property and find you a qualified buyer to take the property off your hands. So if you don’t know much about IRA real estate investing, then this option is made available specifically for you- in light of the recent housing bubble burst.

The program that I am referring to here involves much more than just self directed IRA investments in real estate though. Not only does it benefit investors, but it also benefits working-class families and urban communities that have been neglected in the past.

Different types of GP practice in Australia

Private GP Practice

Private GP practices are owned and operated by a single doctor. These practices offer patients the benefit of personalised care, as the doctor is able to get to know their patients on a one-on-one basis, which is very important for this type of practice to survive, according to GP consulting firms. Private GPs typically have smaller patient loads, which allows for more time with each patient. This can be especially beneficial for those who need additional support or have complex medical needs. However, private GP visits can be quite expensive, so they may not be suitable for everyone.

Corporate GP Practice

Corporate GP clinics are owned and operated by a group of doctors. These clinics offer patients the convenience of multiple locations and appointments that fit into their busy schedules. Corporate GPs typically have larger patient loads, which means shorter wait times for appointments.

Public GP Practice

Finally, there are public GP clinics, which are run by the government. These clinics offer free or low-cost appointments and cater to those who may not have access to private healthcare. However, public clinics typically have long wait times and patients often see a different doctor each time they visit.

So, what is the best type of GP practice for you? It really depends on your needs and budget. If you are looking for convenience and don’t mind spending a bit more money, then a corporate clinic might be right for you. If you are on a tight budget or need more support from your GP, then an independent practice would be a better choice, and if cost is an issue and you don’t mind waiting a bit longer for appointments, then a public clinic is the way to go.

Whatever your needs, there is definitely a GP practice out there that is right for you! So don’t hesitate to ask around and do some research before making your final decision.

Marketing in Cyprus Moving Forward

Marketing in Cyprus has always been very traditional with mediums of print advertising, direct mail and TV very much dominating for big local brands but as the proliferation of media continues, and globally people spend more and more time online, local companies in Cyprus have started to seriously explore the arena of emarketing and how it can help their bottom line. Increasingly local companies’ websites are becoming more interactive, consumer brands are doing SMS campaigns to promote new products and more online campaigns are surfacing in the market.

Driven by the need to justify their departments and budgets, Cyprus marketing managers also need to start to consider accountability and measurement of ROI of individual campaigns, something which becomes increasingly easier with online marketing initiatives. The need to effectively compete in a global market and also expand to reach clients outside a small local island base is another incentive for embracing emarketing.

The challenge? The older generations in Cyprus are not all computer literate, and the percentage of ‘silver surfers’ apparent in other countries has not materialized yet in the market. There is also a lot of fear associated with the internet also, especially around ecommerce and mistrust with online payments or claims made by companies online.

In line with global trends however, this view should begin to change, as more Cypriot companies begin to offer customer value and benefits online which entice the reticent users to venture onto websites. Once good levels of customer service and great user experiences begin to appear around Cypriot firms’ websites actually targeting customers in Cyprus, this should help improve the proportion of locals willing to go online and even purchase online.

Once the target market is more active online, companies will need to become more emarketing-aware and begin to invest in not only understanding and appreciating planning an emarketing strategy, but also integrating it with their offline strategy and familiarizing themselves with emarketing tools such as web analytics, crucial for measurement of success and diagnosis of problems.

Younger generations in Cyprus are very active online; currently in over 10% of the population has a Facebook profile, largely due to the younger market, which is embracing technology. Mobile phone take up in Cyprus is almost 100% and mobile internet access is growing very quickly with the recent introduction of more providers, increasing competition and providing better charges for the consumer.

This provides a great foundation for the future of emarketing in Cyprus, as this generation of younger technologically-aware locals matures, they will be more receptive to online campaigns and buying online. Brands need to be ready to target them successfully by learning and testing online techniques now and perfecting their performance.

This needs to be done before they meet the future Cyprus consumer: the time-poor, sophisticated user who is very marketing-savvy, can fast forward through his adverts with his digital television, only listens to music downloaded online, ignores banners, disables pop up ads and throws direct mail in the bin, and who only visits sites which ultimately have a direct interest or benefit to him.

Cypriot firms need to be ready to not only provide an offer this customer cannot refuse, but to be able to target him in a way that he is happy for them to target them with, and in future, emarketing initiatives will be the only ones providing not only the returns but the ability to effectively measure returns, and also to form a more long-term mutually beneficial relationship with the customer.