The List
IRS Publication 590 outlines the types of investments allowed in a self-directed IRA, including:
• Real estate — including apartments, single-family homes and duplexes
• Commercial property, developed or undeveloped land
• Mortgages/deeds of trust
• Publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds
• Private limited partnerships
• Private stock offerings, private placements
• Private limited liability companies
• Secured and unsecured notes
• Judgments/structured settlements
• Tax sale certificates
• Car paper
• Factoring
• Accounts receivable
• Commercial paper
• Equipment leasing
— Brandpoint

Number to Know
14 percent: In 2011, 14 percent more bachelor’s degree holders were covered by employer-provided health insurance when compared to individuals holding a high school diploma. That same year, 65 percent of bachelor’s degree holders working full time, year-round were offered retirement plans by their employers, compared to only 52 percent of high school graduates.
— Brandpoint

Tech Talk
For the person who is looking to have it all, a two-in-one device offers you the experience of a PC and a tablet all in the same package. The latest two-in-one devices powered by the 4th generation Intel Core processor deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life, offering up to nine hours in some systems. These systems can wake up approximately eight times faster, handle everyday computing tasks roughly four times faster, and make video editing and sharing about 16 times faster than a similar 4-year-old PC.
— Brandpoint