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Self-Directed IRA: The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (otherwise known as ERISA) essentially passed the responsibility of retirement saving from the employer to the employee. IRAs were created in 1975 to provide individuals a chance to direct where their retirement funds were invested. Rather than delineating which investments are allowed, the IRS code instead identifies which investments are not permitted under these laws. There are only two types of investments excluded under both ERISA and IRS Codes: Life Insurance Contracts and Collectibles (such as works of art, rugs, jewelry, etc). Refer to Internal Revenue Code Section 401 (IRC § 408(a) (3)).

1031 Exchange: A 1031 exchange, otherwise known as a tax deferred exchange is a simple strategy and method for selling one property, that's qualified, and then proceeding with an acquisition of another property (also qualified) within a specific time frame. The logistics and process of selling a property and then buying another property are practically identical to any standardized sale and buying situation, a "1031 exchange" is unique because the entire transaction is treated as an exchange and not just as a simple sale. It is this difference between "exchanging" and not simply buying and selling which, in the end, allows the taxpayer(s) to qualify for a deferred gain treatment.

401K: In the United States of America, a 401(k) plan allows a worker to save for retirement by depositing the savings invested while deferring current income taxes on the saved money and earnings until withdrawal. The employee elects to have a portion of his or her wages paid directly, or "deferred," into his or her 401(k) account. In participant-directed plans (the most common option), the employee can select from a number of investment options, usually an assortment of mutual funds that emphasize stocks, bonds, money market investments, or some mix of the above. Many companies' 401(k) plans also offer the option to purchase the company's stock. The employee can generally re-allocate money among these investment choices at any time. In the less common trustee-directed 401(k) plans, the employer appoints trustees who decide how the plan's assets will be invested. The title "401(k)" references a section of the Internal Revenue Code.

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