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In the United States, an IRA is an Individual Retirement Arrangement, a tax-deferred retirement account.

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Started new job. Rollover previous employer 401k to new 401k, IRA or Roth IRA?

I recently started a new job and have a 401k from my previous employer that I don't know what to do with. Should I roll it into my new employer's 401k, a traditional IRA or a Roth IRA?
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Saving for retirement: How much is enough?

How to save I'm in my late twenties and am trying to get started off on the right foot saving for retirement. I have learned that retirement savings should usually be placed in retirement accounts in ...
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Best starting options to invest for retirement without a 401k

I'm trying to avoid asking a duplicate question, but I feel my situation is more specific than general beginner's saving or investing. I am a university student with a part time job that does not ...
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Comparing IRA vs 401K's rate-of-return with dollar cost averaging

I have both an IRA in Vanguard and an old employer's 401k with Fidelity management. I would like to compare the performance between the two accounts over time, in order to determine if I should ...
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What are the differences between a “traditional” IRA and a Roth IRA?

I hear that a traditional IRA offers a tax deduction whereas a Roth IRA doesn't, but there's got to be more to it than that: What makes a Roth IRA any good, if it doesn't provide a tax deduction? ...
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I have a 414(h) pension plan as a teacher in New Jersey. Am I permitted to also contribute yearly to an individual Ira?

My husband is a teacher in New Jersey; 61 years of age. He has a pension plan listed on w-2 in box 14 (other). It is coded as 414(h). He asked the tax advise person at the school if he could still ...
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Any Experience with the Gone Fishin' Portfolio?

In doing research on How to Select IRA Investments, I stumbled across the Gone Fishin' Portfolio. This link where I found out about the portfolio claims that it is based on the 1990 economics Nobel ...
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60-Day “Borrowing” From an IRA

In brief, I am projecting out a budget for a personal construction project I am having done, and the numbers are very tight. I have some buffer built in, but if I exceed the buffer amount and my cash ...
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Can I roll over a 401(k) with my current employer into an IRA?

My wife has a 401(k) with her employer that she has been contributing to for years. They recently switched administrators for the 401k, and the new outfit is simply terrible - bad fund choices and ...
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Convert Traditional IRA to Roth IRA when income limits are not satisfied by Roth IRA?

Our household MAGI (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) does not allow us to contribute the full amount to a Roth IRA for 2010. In that case is converting some part of Traditional IRA to Roth to complete ...
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Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year?

Can I deduct a contribution to a traditional IRA if I am also contributing to a 401(k) in the same tax year?
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Wash sale rules between tax advantaged and regular accounts

I sold an investment in a standard brokerage account at a small loss because I needed the money for a down payment. I still think it is a good investment, can I buy the same investment in a standard ...
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Ideal net worth by age X? Need comparison references

Is there a website resource that gives suggestions for how much savings or net worth I should have at any given age, based on my education level and salary? I'm in my 30s, have no debt, and have been ...
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Treat HSA as an IRA?

As I understand it, any funds remaining in a Health Savings Account can be withdrawn for any purpose at age 59 1/2 (subject to ordinary income tax), making an HSA essentially behave like an IRA. Is ...
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Do I end up richer paying down a mortgage or contributing to an IRA?

I have $10,000 extra cash that I can either use to pay down my 5% mortgage, or contribute to my IRA. I'm 30 years old. I hope to pay off the mortgage in about 5 years. I'm stymied, because: Paying ...
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Any advantage to non-deductible Traditional IRA contibutions?

The typical comparison between Traditional and Roth IRAs goes roughly as follows: A traditional IRA allows you to invest pre-tax money into the account and it grows tax free. Once you withdraw the ...
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How should a new investor allocate funds in a Roth IRA?

I started a Roth IRA a little while ago, contributing ~$5,000, and I'd like some guidelines on how I should diversify my investments. Should I invest in stocks or bonds or mutual funds or ETF? What ...
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Why do some companies offer 401k retirement plans?

Why do companies offer 401k (or other) retirement plans? Let me elaborate this... I understand that it could be part of an employee's benefits and that a retirement plan option might increase the ...
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Options for a Simple IRA when leaving a job: Leave as is or roll it over?

I currently have a Roth IRA that I max out every year. My current company had Simple IRA and contributed 2% of my salary and I contributed 6000 a year. Now I am leaving the company and was hired by ...
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How to deal with my job change & 401k loan that I can't fully pay back?

It's been 60 days since I changed my job and I have an outstanding 401(k) loan of $30K(+30k non loan amount). I have only $20K to pay and my 401k plan won't accept the partial amount. I still didn't ...
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Can you use external money to pay trading commissions in tax-free and tax-deferred accounts?

I contribute the max to my Roth IRA every year ($5500 in 2013, for example). However, let's say I use that money to buy two stocks, with a commission $10 each, so I am effectively only contributing $...
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Saving for retirement without employer sponsored plan

I'm considering moving to a new job that doesn't have any sponsored retirement plans. I'd like to continue saving on my own though, but it seems that IRAs have a $5,000 contribution limits. What are ...
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Self-managed IRA account brokerage as an HSA?

Most specific than this question, I'm desperately seeking a TD Ameritrade or E-Trade type online brokerage that offers self managed HSAs to accompany an HDHP. I cannot find one. Is there another key ...
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Are traditional IRAs worse than taxable brokerage accounts at high incomes?

Brokerage accounts are seen as relatively tax-inefficient, since you invest with post-tax dollars, and growth is taxed upon realizing gains. The traditional IRA allows you to deduct contributions and ...
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Is a Roth IRA preferable to a Traditional IRA?

With a traditional IRA, you are taxed on the complete balance of your account when you cash out after retirement correct? This would mean you are taxed on contributions + interest earned. With a ...
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How are withdrawals from traditional IRA taxed?

For a traditional IRA, any contribution is deductible for federal tax. When a withdrawal from the account, how is it taxed? Are different parts of a withdrawal taxed differently: the original ...
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What does Line 22 Basis in Roth IRA contributions mean in Form 8606?

What does Line 22 Basis in Roth IRA contributions mean in Form 8606? If I an correct, in traditional IRA, the basis, as in 8606, is the portion of the balance due to nondeductible contribution. Is ...
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How is money held in escrow for a home purchase from a IRA treated by the IRS?

I'm in the process of purchasing a home and I need to put 5% of the value down to be held in escrow until the deal closes. This money can then either be refunded back to myself or be rolled into the ...
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Quit my job: What can/should I do with funds in previous employer's 401(k) plan?

I recently changed jobs, and my previous employer offered a 401k. I know I can roll that money into an IRA. Before I do anything, I would like to understand what options I have, and which option is ...
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How to invest after 401k and Roth IRA are maxed?

I'm in my 20's. I'm a big saver and I think I've covered the basics, including: Paying off all high interest (>3%) debt. Getting the full company match out of my 401k. Maxing out my Roth IRA for the ...
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Why is there such disparity of max contribution limits between 401K accounts and regular IRA accounts?

In 2011, regular IRA accounts allowed only $5,000 maximum contribution, while 401K accounts allowed up to $16,500. Why is there such a disparity? Why do tax advantages favor employees of large ...
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I am failing to see the purpose of a Traditional IRA for someone who already has access to a 401(k)

If I understand correctly, the Traditional IRA, if you have 401k with an employer already, has the following features per IRS: Your contributions are taxed Your contributions are NOT taxed upon ...
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Wash sale rule impact on different scenarios between different types of accounts

When wash sale rule kicks in, then the capital loss is simply postponed by increasing cost basis to the later transaction where you again purchased similar replacement stock either 30 days before ...
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Pros, cons, & differences in investing in 401k vs. IRA?

What are some of the pros, cons, and differences of investing in a 401k vs. investing in an IRA (either Roth IRA or regular)?
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Should I open a Roth IRA or invest in the S&P 500?

I am a 24 year old high school teacher. Currently, I don't have that much capital to open two accounts. I would rather focus on one at a time until I gain more capital. Should I start with a Roth IRA ...
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Why would I ever invest in a traditional IRA over a Roth IRA

I've read many articles in the past about the differences between Roth IRAs and Traditional IRAs and no matter how I read it, it always seems like the author leaves some detail out that makes the ...
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Bank has asked me to close my IRA

Just got this note from Wells Fargo: Please be advised the restriction will not be removed from your WellsTrade Traditional IRA brokerage account xxxx-xxxx, because you do not reside in the United ...
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Why invest in IRA while a low-cost index fund is much simpler?

I'm currently investing in a low-cost index fund and wonder what's the point of opening an IRA (either Roth or traditional). The big con of IRA is that you can't withdraw before retirement age ...
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Is it worth investing in 401(k) if a company doesn't do matching?

The company offers 401(k) but doesn't match your contribution at all. In this case, it worth investing in 401(k)? For what reasons might a 401(k) be preferred over an IRA if there is no match?
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Rolling over a mixed 401k (Traditional and Roth) to a Roth IRA

I am rolling over my old 401k to a new Roth IRA. My 401k contained my pre-tax contributions, post-tax contributions, employer match, and employer profit sharing. I am guessing my employer match and ...
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Advice for opening an IRA as a newbie

Total IRA newbies! My wife and I each need to open an IRA before mid April to count for tax year 2016. I need to do this to offset some income I took from an inherited IRA. But I've never opened an ...
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If I have a Simple IRA can I also contribute to a Traditional IRA and/or Roth IRA?

I have a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA. This year my company introduced a Simple IRA. As long the contributions to the Traditional+Roth are below the yearly limit, can I contribute to all three ...
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Federal Taxes on Retirement Money - Puerto Rico Taxes after Retirement

Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the USA. Puertoricans are US Citizen, but while they live in the island they don't have to pay Federal Taxes. My question is for someone that have lived in the US ...
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What is the maximum amount that can be held in a traditional or Roth IRA?

What is the maximum amount of money that one can have saved in an IRA? I'm not referring to contributions, but the total amount before withdrawing any money.
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Does a Roth IRA offer any explicit benefits over a Traditional IRA?

Using round numbers, let's assume I have $5,000 (pre-tax) to invest annually in an account that earns 10% per year. In a Roth IRA scenario, this $5,000 would be reduced to $3,750 if we assume a (nice ...
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Moving money from my savings account to an IRA - why am I paying taxes on it?

I'm planning to move money from my savings account to a new IRA account, but I don't understand why I'll be charged penalties for withdrawing the money. Why do I have to pay extra taxes to take my ...
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How to Select IRA Investments?

I'm helping a friend roll over his 401K into an IRA. How can I advise him as he selects what to invest his money in? Factors I know to consider: Rate of return over 1, 3, 5, and 10 years (and ...
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Contribute to both a SEP IRA and solo Roth 401(k)?

I am self employed in a business venture. Could I theoretically contribute to a SEP IRA where the maximum contribution is $50,000 and to a Solo Roth 401k where the max contribution is $17,500? I ...
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Can I withdraw a non-deductible traditional IRA contribution without penalties in the same tax year?

I just spend two hours going through IRS Publication 590a, and reading all related question here and in some other places (none matched this question exactly). Situation: X is over 50 and ...
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why is the money withdrawn from traditional IRA taxed at the ordinary income tax rate?

When money is withdrawn from a traditional IRA account, why is the money taxed at the rate same as for ordinary income, instead of capital gain tax rate? In other words, what is the rationale for it? ...