Section 408 of the Internal Revenue Code prohibits IRA owners from taking direct possession of assets owned within an IRA. Instead, you must have a third-party hold title to or physically control the assets on your behalf. Usually third parties are called custodians.
As investments, gold and silver have a lot in common: They are historically effective hedges against recession and times of economic collapse. They can help protect your portfolio against inflation and hyperinflation. And they are both physical, hard, tangible assets which – unlike paper securities such as stocks and bonds – can never be reduced to zero.
The vast majority of people in the gold and precious metals world are honest and ethical. But there are crooks in every conceivable human endeavor. Unfortunately, the precious metals market is mostly unregulated, so it’s a good idea to become familiar with the industry and recognize possible gold IRA scams.
Many people confuse the national debt with the deficit. True, they are important budgetary terms. But they are very different concepts: The term “debt” refers to the company balance sheet, while “deficit” is a cash flow concept.
The United States had a bad debt problem going into 2020 – and it got a lot worse.
As of August 2020, the public debt of the United States amounted to more than $26.72 trillion. More than $3 trillion of that debt was larded on since February, thanks to a rapid economic contraction due to the COVID-19 pandemic and substantial stimulus spending as Congress and the Treasury tried to keep the economy from going into a general meltdown.