Saving for your retirement can seem overwhelming. Where do you even begin?
Like many imposing tasks in life, it's all about taking that first step. Opening an individual retirement account (IRA) can be a great first move.
What is an IRA?
An IRA is an account that’s designed to help you save for retirement. It was created as a tool to allow individuals to take control over their retirement savings as company-sponsored pension plans began to dwindle.
IRAs offer significant tax-savings benefits, which vary depending on the type of IRA. They also make it easier for you to catch up on your retirement savings if you’re lagging in this area and can provide some needed portability when moving around your retirement assets.
Perhaps most importantly, though, IRAs can get you in the habit of regularly saving money – which tends to be a challenge for many of us.
Traditional vs. Roth IRA
There are two primary types of IRA: Traditional and Roth, each with its own advantages. Which type is best for you? That depends on what features are most important to you. Let’s compare the two types:
While Traditional and Roth IRAs are the most common types of retirement savings accounts, there are other options to help you save - specialized IRAs.
For example, with the cost of a four-year college education at a public, in-state university averaging more than $50,000 and a private college education costing more than $100,000, parents often struggle to save enough for their child’s education. A Coverdell Education Savings Account (ESA) can ease this by providing tax-free investment growth, and tax-free withdrawals on qualified education expenses.
Are you self-employed or a small business owner? The SEP or SIMPLE IRA offers benefits designed for you.