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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 4.2097 out of 5 by 496.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use, great service All the things that annoy me about other banks: hidden fees, convoluted websites, the continual pushing of paperless deliver or credit cards, long service wait times, inflexible rules, are absent here. This is a great, online IRA account. Prompt service, flexible, fully featured, along with great access to research, stats, etc. For instance, once I was having an issue with a transfer from another bank and they actually called the bank with me!
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Retirement Generator Four years ago, I converted my Traditional IRA to a Roth. It was a significant tax bill, but the time was right to make the conversion. Schwab helped me with the transfer. I had about 50 positions in the account and moved each of them to my Roth. There was no charge. I reinvest every dividend and never withdraw funds. The fees are low when I do need to add to a position or sell one. I am up over 60% to date and now have enough to cover most of my retirement needs. The Schwab website is terrific. I especially like the iPad app. It allows me to pull up a chart which very quickly shows all of my positions and their dollar gain or loss, % gain or loss for the day, and also shows me total gains to date for each position. I am very independent in managing this account. I look at it every day, but seldom make a change. I love the Schwab platform and its website. I can get as much help as I want, or none at all. I would recommend the Schwab platform for anyone who has an IRA. Excellent service, low fees, outstanding website, and wonderful customer service.
Date published: 2014-08-15
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Date published: 2014-08-15
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Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The truth about investing and trading As long as people are greedy, and are told and believe in fantastic tales about getting rich trading securities, Schwab will find new clients. I wish I had just kept my money in fixed-income securities or stuffed my money in a mattress where I knew it couldn’t be messed with. I had pipe dreams about getting rich trading securities. Instead, I got systematically swindled out of my money for two decades. So would I recommend opening up an IRA at Schwab? Yes, if you put your money in fixed-income securities. No, if you want to gamble with your money by buying and selling stocks. If you are investing and-or trading as an amateur, your money is already lost and you just don’t know it. You need good help and you’re probably not going to get it because who is going to work hard to make you a millionaire with the little bit of money you give them to work with? Nobody! If you’re trying to learn on your own, usually you’re going to pay for your lessons by losing money. So in the end, if you lost more money than you put in, you should never have opened up an IRA account in the first place. If Wall Street and the brokerage firms wrote me a check to make me whole for the losses, everything would be made right. Not going to happen. For me, its time to throw in the towel and quit. At my age, getting rich doesn’t really matter anymore.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Required Minimum Can't transfer RMD out
Date published: 2013-10-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Go elsewhere customer service is bad.Been waiting a week for a check to be mailed across town.Am switching my acct. to another broker.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPPORT LOCAL AND ON LINE SUPPORT HAS BEEN VERY GOOD
Date published: 2013-10-04
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