Why consider an IRA? Even if you have other retirement options through work — like a pension or 401(k) — an individual retirement account is an easy way to prioritize savings.
IRAs are tax-advantaged accounts that can hold investments, such as mutual funds and other investments. You tend to get more flexibility with an IRA than you would with a typical 401(k) plan, but you also get fewer guarantees than other retirement products, such as annuities.
Our experts can discuss various I R A types, and how each option might fit in your financial and retirement plan.
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What are Individual Retirement Accounts?
An individual retirement account (IRA) is an investment account that allows you to save for retirement in a tax-advantaged way. The Contributions to some IRAs may be tax-deductible or withdrawals may be tax-free.
A 401(k) or pension may not provide enough retirement income. Putting money in an IRA can help you prepare for retirement, save on taxes and access investment options your workplace retirement plan might not offer. Your savings may grow faster in an IRA than in a taxable account.
Types of Individual Retirement Accounts
An IRA is an account set up at a financial institution that allows an individual to save for retirement with tax-free growth or on a tax-deferred basis.
The 3 main types of IRAs each have different advantages
Traditional IRA- You make contributions with money you may be able to deduct on your tax return, and any earnings can potentially grow tax-deferred until you withdraw them in retirement. Many retirees find themselves in a lower tax bracket than they were in pre-retirement, so the tax-deferral means the money may be taxed at a lower rate.
Roth IRA- You make contributions with money you’ve already paid taxes on (after-tax), and your money may potentially grow tax-free, with tax-free withdrawals in retirement, provided that certain conditions are met.
Rollover IRA- You contribute money “rolled over” from a qualified retirement plan into this traditional IRA. Rollovers involve moving eligible assets from an employer-sponsored plan, such as a 401(k) or 403(b), into an IRA.
Whether you choose a traditional or Roth IRA, the tax benefits allow your savings to potentially grow, or compound, more quickly than in a taxable account.
Why invest in an Individual Retirement Accounts?
Many financial Professionals estimate that you may need up to 85% of your pre-retirement income in retirement. An employer-sponsored savings plan, such as a 401(k), might not be enough to accumulate the savings you need. Fortunately, you can contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA. A IRA can help you:
Supplement your current savings in your employer-sponsored retirement plan.
Gain access to a potentially wider range of investment choices than your employer-sponsored plan.
Take advantage of potential tax-deferred or tax-free growth.
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