During the real estate boom ten years ago, much was made of all the seemingly new millionaires being made every day. Then when it all came crashing down in 2008, these millionaires were wiped out overnight. What happened? Being a millionaire should ensure financial security right? Wrong. It depends on the type of millionaire you are. There’s the net-worth millionaire and the cash-flow millionaire.
The Great Recession officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009 and had immediate and lasting negative financial impact on households and the broader markets. The economy bottomed out, crushing the real estate and stock markets, destroying $18.9 trillion of household wealth and wiping out more than eight million jobs. Investors heavily invested in the stock market through investment and retirement accounts saw their portfolios wiped out almost overnight.
To significantly grow wealth, it doesn’t hurt to learn from those who are good at it, more specifically looking at the investing habits of those with a good track record of growing their wealth. And university endowments have been some of the most successful investors at growing wealth. And ranked among the wealthiest and most successful of university endowments is the Yale University Endowment.
During the 2012 elections, one of the revelations that came out about Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s finances was that his self-directed IRA was worth up to $100m. With current annual contribution limits of $5,500 for those younger than 50 and $6,500 for 50 and older, how the heck does anybody build an IRA worth $100m?
With a self-directed IRA with checkbook control, the owner has complete signing authority over his/her retirement funds. No more going through an administrator to fund investments. This type of control offers greater investment freedom, allowing the owner to manage assets with ease.