Jim Hitt Advocates for Self-Directed IRA Use in Wake of Recent Savings Statistics

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A recent report by USA Today found that 7 out of 10 Americans have less than $1,000 in savings. Jim Hitt, CEO of a National Self-Directed IRA Company, recently responded to this statistic with thoughts on what Americans need to get their finances back on track.

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When people learn about directing their own IRA for retirement, they get excited. They realize that they can put away money while maintaining full control.

Alarmed by a recent report in USA Today that 7 out of 10 Americans didn’t even have $1,000 in savings, A National Self-Directed IRA Company CEO, Jim Hitt, responded with strong words about what’s needed to get Americans’ finances back on track.

“We in America have to get back to basics and learn how to take control of our own personal finances again,” said Jim Hitt. “It’s not merely about sitting around and waiting for retirement to happen. If you don’t take control right now, for some people, retirement may never happen.”

The sentiment echoed concern in the USA Today report that Americans simply aren’t saving enough. Although recent economic issues such as exploding student loan debt and the difficulty in procuring a job have a dramatic impact on the bottom line, Jim Hitt argues that financial habits are also to blame.

“I know people are struggling,” said Jim Hitt. “And there are very valid reasons for the struggle. But there are ways people can do themselves a favor financially, and it’s unfortunate to see that so few people are even aware of these opportunities.”

One such opportunity, argued Jim Hitt, was the Self-Directed IRA. These tax-protected accounts can be strong savings vehicles thanks to their tax benefits, allowing even those with limited investing experience to begin putting money aside for retirement.

The USA Today report argued that an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality, made possible thanks to digital payment technology, has fewer people seeing the dramatic impact their spending has on their finances. Jim Hitt argues that getting control of spending goes hand in hand with getting control of saving.

“It all changes when someone sits down and asks themselves, ‘how can I put money aside?’” Jim Hitt noted. “And when people learn about directing their own IRA for retirement, they get excited. They realize that they can put away money while maintaining full control.”

Ultimately, Jim Hitt argues, these national problems boil down to individuals making the right choices. “Will you take control of the situation, or will you continue to watch your money disappear?” Jim asks. “When money it put aside in an IRA, requiring penalties to take it out, the discipline to save becomes much easier.”

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