Advanta IRA Services and Self-Directed IRAs Featured in Cover Story of Tampa Bay Business Journal

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Advanta IRA Services of Largo, Florida was featured in the cover story of the September 6, 2013 edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Advanta IRA is a leading national administrator of self-directed IRAs, investment accounts that allow alternative investments such as real estate to be held as assets in IRAs.

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Self-directed IRA investors acquire assets based on their own knowledge instead of relying on a third party. When one invests in what one knows and understands, the better the chances are of controlling those investments and building wealth in IRAs.

Advanta IRA Services of Largo, Florida was featured in the cover story of the September 6, 2013 edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Advanta IRA is a leading national administrator of self-directed IRAs, investment accounts that allow alternative investments such as real estate to be held as assets in IRAs.

The article, titled "Home Sweet…Retirement Account" and written by Mark Holan, illustrates the fact that self-directed IRAs are becoming more widely known as viable investment tools that provide diversity in retirement portfolios. Self-directed IRAs allow IRA owners a larger pool of alternative investments to choose as assets. Additionally, these assets have the potential to grow retirement income on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis—often times at a faster pace than traditional investments (such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds) might perform.

As the article implies, one of the most popular ways investors use self-directed IRAs is by investing in real estate. Although the market has been uncertain for quite some time now for the average buyer looking for a place to call home, investors have been taking advantage of low costs and using real estate to boost their retirement earnings. Across Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties (the Tampa Bay area) 715 properties are held within IRA custodial accounts; of these, 391 are clients of Advanta IRA Services.

Some of Advanta IRA’s clients have made quick returns by rehabbing and flipping properties. Others have turned their investments into long-term rentals that garner investment income over time. A growing number of investors have also learned they can hold private mortgages and notes within their self-directed IRAs.

Scott Maurer, Education and Marketing Director of Advanta IRA Services, was interviewed by Holan for the purpose of his article. Maurer’s opinion of why more people are using self-directed IRAs is simple, "People are looking for something different as an investment." Maurer speculates that the technology bubble crash of 2000 might have pushed investors towards alternative investments and away from mainstream stocks and mutual funds. Maurer feels the more recent burst of the housing bubble has helped the self-directed IRA and alternative investments gain even more popularity among both sophisticated and average investors.

"The potential for success alternative investments hold for self-directed account holders is broad," says Jack Callahan, Managing Partner of Advanta IRA Services. "Self-directed IRA investors acquire assets based on their own knowledge instead of relying on a third party. When one invests in what one knows and understands, the better the chances are of controlling those investments and building wealth in IRAs."

While Holan’s article features real estate as a popular investment, Callahan emphasizes that other alternative investments are worthy of investors’ attention. "Precious metals, LLCs, LLPs, futures and foreign exchange opportunities as well as accounts receivable, oil and gas options, tax certificates and liens…all of these and more are assets allowed in self-directed IRAs."

About Advanta IRA Services

Advanta IRA Services (formerly Entrust of Tampa Bay) is located in Largo, Florida, has been in operation for over 8 years, providing administrative service to owners of self-directed IRAs throughout the Tampa Bay and Sarasota, Florida regions. Advanta IRA Administration offers a second location serving the Atlanta, Georgia area and surrounding regions. Both offices are managed by Jack Callahan, J.D., CFP™. Advanta IRA offers classes, seminars and other educational tools designed to assist clients in managing self-directed IRAs by investing in real estate, notes, private placements and other non-traditional assets that have the potential to maximize IRA earnings on a tax-free or tax-deferred basis.

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