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Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA)

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Opening a Schwab IRA is an easy way to get your retirement savings on track and possibly save on taxes. We’ll help you choose the right Individual Retirement Account and provide the guidance, tools, and resources you need to meet your retirement goals. 

Traditional IRA

Key advantage: You may get immediate tax benefits, but you'll have to pay taxes when you take money out in retirement.

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Roth IRA

Key advantage: You can get tax benefits later, when you take out your retirement savings tax-free.

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Rollover IRA

Rolling over your plan from a former employer is one way to take control of your retirement savings.
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There are no fees to open or maintain your account. Other account fees, fund expenses, and
brokerage commissions may apply. (Pricing Details.)

Inherited IRA

Have you inherited an IRA or an employer-sponsored retirement plan account? Find out what you need to know.

Call to 866-855-5635 get started.

Custodial IRA

Do you have a child with earned income? Here’s a great way to give them a head start on their retirement savings.


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Understanding IRAs

Get answers to your questions about investing for retirement, plus tools and calculators—all to help you build the retirement you want.




A rollover of retirement plan assets to an IRA is not your only option. Carefully consider all of your available options which may include but not be limited to keeping your assets in your former employer's plan; rolling over assets to a new employer's plan; or taking a cash distribution (taxes and possible withdrawal penalties may apply). Prior to a decision, be sure to understand the benefits and limitations of your available options and consider factors such as differences in investment related expenses, plan or account fees, available investment options, distribution options, legal and creditor protections, the availability of loan provisions, tax treatment, and other concerns specific to your individual circumstances.



Individual Retirement Account is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 2497.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am doing AOK I have been with Schwab for 0ver 30 years. Even before I open Schwab accounts, I knew and was convinced that no broker will be there to make my financial decisions for me. I never wanted them to. So I learned to invest myself. Contrary to common thinking, I don't think I spend lot of time doing it. Even when I was working full time as a busy doctor, I was investing myself. On and of I need some technical advises, I get it from Schwab without any problem. All in all I am very happy I have been with Schwab in the last 30+ years. I have been listening to MR Schwab's advise since the beginning of my investing activities: "have faith in the market."
Date published: 2015-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from myopinions When I started my first Regular IRA at schwab I was told there would be no acct fees. Nearly twenty years later I still have not paid any account fees. I now also have a Roth and an inheirited IRA, and my wife has a Reg IRA, and we still don't pay any maintenance fees on any of them. Pretty Cool. When I started with schwab in ninety three they would provide a newspaper-like catalog for comparing Mutual funds. I really like how they have kept up with technologies year after year, to the point now where I have wonderful reasearch tools and up to the minute access to my account information.
Date published: 2011-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from IRA Review Hello, I have had both Rollover and Roth IRA's with Charles Schwab for over a decade and their performance has been less than impressive and even disappointing to say the least. I believe it would be helpful to receive annual feedback from dedicated Schwab professionals who understand the IRA accounts, the current market performance, and available options, etc., in order to receive professional guidance re: longterm preparation for retirement and overall IRA performance and options. This would be very helpful to the average investor and middle class law-abiding American, who only wants to be able to retire comfortably and with confidence. Thank you.
Date published: 2011-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to understand guildance and advice After having been with several full sevice and many online brokerage firms over the past 40+ years, Charles Schwab's Customer Sevice Team, easy to use web platform, and investment tools are the best of the best. Chuck is fair, honest, and can answer any question quickly. They know how to return a phone call and always follow up to see if you have any additional questions. Their account promotional bonus perks will make any level investor smile. I also love the bill payer and direct deposit features for my Schwab non retirement accounts. Less time running around transferring money for me.
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Attends to the big guy not the small one When I joined 'Schwab,I was with a large company and we got service. The representative was available often. Came by the plant and held meetings and assistance. When I left the company ,I continued with Schwab. They did not continue with me. I lost all contact with them.After a few years I tried to find them to no avail. They moved their offices and I didn't find them. I went to another office and was graciously told that they did not handle my account so, try to make contact with my rep. Even today,i have questions and the only help I can get is the corporate phone contact. I may have avoided many pitfalls if I had some assistance and guidance
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Schwab doesn't live up to it's Commercia I'm an average investor who saves every month towards retirement hoping the money will be there when I need it. But Schwab may have better window dressing than the others but does not deliver straight talk it advertises. It's actions are no different from Wall St. in general. twice I've had issues with money not being deposited into the right accounts and staff seem clueless about resolving it, "talks down" to me. Now I believe it's done intentionally to make them money not me. I believe I have about a 50/50 chance my money will be there when I retire but I'm sure Schwab and Wall St. will have there's.
Date published: 2011-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what our situation requires. We needed a low-cost setup to manage four self-directed IRA's (two Roth, two traditional). Schwab has met that need for two decades. Our capital accumulation and distribution plans dictate our investment strategy, which we spread across all accounts. Two were subject to "substantially equal payments" withdrawals, so are treated very different from the Roths, whose emphasis is on making payments of deductible and tax expenses. They have served us flawlessly through twenty years of early retirement. And really, we can't ask more than flawless service, tuned precisely to our needs. Combined with the banking arm it has met virtually all our financial needs.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scwab Products - Convenience and No Fees The process of submitting a roll over IRA was fast and completely done without any issues or fees and the process is very simple and easy to follow with great results. All of Schwab products make my life easier and are convenient to use. I no longer have to stand in line at a bank to deposit a check because I can deposit a check via my Android App. I can use any ATM in the world without incurring a fee from Schwab and other banks fees are reimbursed monthly. It is amazing how convenient Schwab products make my life more convenient and save me money in the process. No more fees, but I have convenience and earn interest as well on my deposits. I would recommend doing business with Schwab at any time.
Date published: 2011-12-12
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