Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:59 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Are you nervous about the Mayan calendar or the impending “fiscal cliff,” you might consider putting some gold in your IRA.

Sunday, June 17, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

When the real estate meltdown happened in 2008, we had an opportunity to use money from my self-directed IRA to buy a piece of property.

Monday, August 15, 2011 12:52 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

After a couple of years of agonizing over the state of the housing market, my husband and I are about to break ground on a retirement home on Lake Erie, south of Detroit. I bought the vacant lakefront property with money in my self-directed IRA from a bankrupt developer three years ago when real estate