Why a Schwab Traditional IRA?

Contribute pre-tax or after-tax dollars using money you've earned and pay no taxes until you withdraw funds during your retirement. You'll also benefit from Schwab's competitive pricing and time-tested expertise.

Value and choice

  • No fees for opening or maintaining your account, plus the $1,000 minimum opening deposit will be waived if you set up an automatic deposit of at least $100 a month. Other account fees, fund expenses, and brokerage commissions may apply.1
  • Choose from a variety of investment options that meet your goals and risk tolerance, including stocks, bonds, CDs, ETFs, and mutual funds.

Resources and advice

  • Access to retirement planning tools and services on Schwab.com.
  • A complimentary retirement consultation with a Schwab investment professional can help you figure out where you stand today, how you envision your retirement, and how to get invested—at no extra cost.5

How it works.

Opening a Traditional IRA at Schwab is fast and easy. Apply online or by mail, or call us at 866-855-9095 to get assistance from a Schwab investment professional.


  • What is a Traditional IRA?

    A Traditional IRA is an Individual Retirement Account to which you contribute pre-tax or after-tax dollars, and which allows your money to grow tax-deferred. Your money is treated as current income when you make withdrawals after age 59½. According to the Traditional IRA rules, there are no income limitations to your contributions, but you must start taking distributions after age 70½.

    Additional source: http://www.schwab.com/public/schwab/investing/retirement_and_planning/understanding_iras/traditional_ira

  • Traditional or Roth IRA—what's the difference?

    A key consideration is whether it makes more financial sense to take advantage of immediate tax benefits or enjoy tax-free withdrawals in retirement. With a Traditional IRA, you may get immediate tax benefits, but you'll have to pay ordinary income tax on your contributions and earnings when you take money out in retirement. With a Roth IRA, there are no immediate tax benefits, but contributions and any earnings grow tax-free. All withdrawals can be taken out tax-free and penalty-free provided you're 59½ or older and you have met the minimum account holding period (currently five years).

  • What are the Traditional IRA contribution limits for each year?

    The Traditional IRA contribution limits are $5,500 per year for tax years 2015 and 2016 ($6,500 if you are at least age 50) or up to 100% of earned income, whichever is less. Income limits apply.

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Understanding Traditional IRAs

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