American IRA Sheds Light on Debt Hamstringing Retirement


CHARLOTTE, N.C./ OCTOBER 12, 2018 (STL.News)

The Self-Directed IRA can help retirement investors find unique investment opportunities for diversifying their retirement portfolio and building a substantial nest egg. But a recent post at the American IRA blog highlights a potential obstacle on the road to wealth for many: the possibility that debt will make it harder to put money aside and save enough money for retirement as needed.

According to the post, a recent survey found that some 70% of Americans between 56 and 61 were in debt—an increase from 56 in 1994. This suggests that not only are American consumers and investors becoming more accustomed to debt, but they may also have gotten worse at handling or managing debt over the years.

“If you want to have a lot of money in retirement,” said Jim Hitt, American IRA’s CEO, “then it only stands to reason that you will be clear of debt. Calculating one’s net worth means subtracting debt from your total assets. People with debt who think that they can retire should have assets that far outweighs any debts they have. If that is not the case, then there is still some work to do.”

The article pointed out that debt can be a “steady drain on cash flow,” making it harder for investors to handle payments such as mortgages and retirement contributions. This strain on cash flow can have an added effect of decreasing flexibility to handle short-term problems such as unexpected expenses that pop up along the way.

“Building a substantial portfolio of investments requires constant growth,” said Jim Hitt. “Most of us were not lucky enough to be born into substantial wealth. That is why people who want to build up their retirement funds need to think about great ways to build wealth—and they will also want to get out of debt.”

Jim Hitt pointed out that a Self-Directed IRA can be a tremendous avenue for those who want to build a retirement portfolio with a broad range of assets, including real estate. Income from real estate can sometimes be an example of income replacing expenses from debt—but only in quality investments.

For more information, visit the Self-Directed IRA administration firm at or call 866-7500-IRA.

American IRA, LLC was established in 2004 by Jim Hitt, CEO in Asheville, NC.
The mission of American IRA is to provide the highest level of customer service in the self-directed retirement industry. Jim Hitt and his team have grown the company to over $400 million in assets under administration by educating the public that their Self-Directed IRA account can invest in a variety of assets such as real estate, private lending, limited liability companies, precious metals and much more.

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