Is a Self-Direct 401k Right for You?

Referred by others names such as Self-Directed Solo 401k, Solo 401k, Solo K or Small 401k, a self-directed 401k plan may be right for you based on the following.


If you are considering investing in alternative investments such as real estate, notes, small companies or gold, a self-directed 401kmay be right for you. However, you must first determine if you qualify for a small company 401k because a self-directed 401k plan is designed for the individual business owner or self employed and his or her spouse.


As a small business owner, you still qualify for a self-directed 401k plan even if you have other employees. You see the law permits you to exclude from a self-directed 401k the following types of employees:

Those under age 21

Part time employees (work less than 1,000 hours per year)

Union employees

Non-resident aliens with no U.S. income

Some Advantages

  • No income limit restrictions for Roth contributions
  • You can invest in an S corporation
  • Option to buy life insurance
  • Permitted to borrow (take a personal loan) up to $50,000 or 50% whichever is less
  • Gains from leveraged real estate purchases are not subject to Unrelated debt-financed income (UDFI) Tax (refer to IRS Publication 598 for information on UDFI)

About Mark Nolan

Each day I speak with energetic entrepreneurs looking to take the plunge into a new venture and small business owners eager to take control of their retirement savings. I am passionate about helping others find their financial independence. Having worked for over 20 years with some of the top retirement account custodian and insurance companies I have a deep and extensive knowledge of the complexities of self-directed 401ks and IRAs as well as retirement plan regulations. Learn more about Mark Nolan and My Solo 401k Financial >>


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