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  1. #1
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    Oct 2011

    What is an IRA ?

    Alot of people want information on investments and Government programs. So what exactly is an IRA, here you go:

    It's important to start saving early for retirement. The good news is, even if you already have a 401(k) at work, you can give your savings a boost with an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). An IRA, which combines the benefits of compound interest and tax savings, is available to anyone who earns a taxable income. You can open an IRA at virtually any financial institution, including your bank, and opening fees are typically lower than other investment accounts.

    While opening an IRA is relatively easy, figuring out what type is best for you can be confusing.

    There are two types of IRAs-traditional and Roth. With a traditional IRA, your earnings are taxed when you start making withdrawals, and you generally incur a penalty if you withdraw money before age 591/2. With a Roth IRA, you can withdraw your earnings tax-free after age 591/2 as long as you've had the account for at least five years. In other words, earnings from a traditional IRA are tax deferred, while Roth IRA earnings are tax exempt.

    Another important difference is that you must begin taking withdrawals from a traditional IRA at age 701/2. There is no mandatory distribution age with a Roth, but there are income restrictions. Single filers with adjusted gross income of $110,000 or more and couples whose joint return is $160,000 or more cannot open a Roth. Traditional IRAs, on the other hand, have no income restrictions.

    That explains a little about the money you take out of an IRA, but what about the money you put in? Contributions to a traditional IRA may be tax deductible depending on your income level, but if you're eligible to participate in your employer's retirement plan, you may not be able to deduct all of your contributions. On the other hand, Roth IRA contributions are never tax deductible, but earnings are tax-free if part of a qualified distribution.

    The federal government imposes new IRA contribution limits each year. It's generally a good idea to make the maximum contribution. The good news is, contribution limits have gone up since 2002 and continue to increase, so there's never been a better time to open an IRA.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Indiana, USA

    Re: What is an IRA ?

    IRA s are an investment risk, which you can loose money .

    Be very aware of all of the firm's fees and commissions.
    Also take into consideration the rate of inflation.
    (( Most IRA s invest in CD s, federal bonds, and municipal bonds , which are all very low paying ))
    How do you know if your loosing value or gaining value with your IRA ?
    Total "earnings" [not including what you payed in] for the year (minus) inflation rate (minus) all institutional fees (equals) total return.

    Personally, if I had the money, I'd invest in TIP bonds .

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