Why Schwab IRAs?

We're passionate about finding tax-smart ways to help you invest in and grow your retirement fund. You'll find a wide range of IRAs with $0 account opening and maintenance fees (other account fees, fund expenses, and brokerage commissions may apply),1 giving you more money for your future.

Retirement planning tools and resources

Our work doesn't end when you open an account. We're dedicated to providing insights, education, and tools that ensure you're confident in your choices.

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  • Traditional IRA

    With a Schwab Traditional IRA, you won't pay taxes on earnings until you make withdrawals, and you may get immediate tax benefits when you contribute.

  • Roth IRA

    When you open a Roth IRA, you'll get your tax benefits later, when you take out your retirement savings tax-free.

  • Rollover IRA

    Rolling over your plan from a former employer is one way to take control of your retirement savings. If, after considering your options, you decide a Rollover IRA is right for your situation, you can get start-to-finish help from a Schwab Rollover Consultant.

    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 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. For more information on your available options, see schwab.com/rolloveroptions.

  • Inherited IRA

    An Inherited IRA is created when someone inherits an IRA after the death of the original owner. If you've inherited an IRA or an account in an employee-sponsored retirement plan, consider transferring it to a Schwab Inherited IRA.

  • Custodial IRA

    Do you have a child with earned income? A Custodial IRA can be a great way to teach your child the value of investing while giving them a head start on retirement savings.

FAQs

  • How much can I contribute to my IRA each year?

    For a Traditional IRA, you can contribute up to $5,500 for tax year 2016 and $5,500 for tax year 2017, or up to 100% of earned income, whichever is less. Individuals age 50 and over can also make catch-up contributions from earned income: an additional $1,000 each year for tax years 2016 and 2016. Not all of your contribution may be eligible for a current-year tax deduction. See contribution limits.

    Roth IRAs have the same contribution limits but also have income eligibility requirements.

  • Can I make early withdrawals from my IRA?

    Before you reach age 59½, you are subject to a 10% penalty, in addition to federal and state taxes, on Traditional IRA distributions and earnings withdrawals from Roth IRAs. Roth IRA contributions can be withdrawn at any time without penalty. If IRS requirements are met, distributions from Traditional IRAs and from Roth earnings are penalty-free under certain circumstances.

  • What kinds of investment choices do I have?

    Choose from stocks, bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, CDs, and more. Schwab also offers professional portfolio management solutions that can make investing even easier. As a Schwab client, you can have a complimentary consultation with a Schwab investment professional who can help you decide which investments are right for you.

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Tools and Guidance

Our retirement tools and calculators can help you choose the IRA that's right for you.


What clients think about our Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs):

Individual Retirement Account is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 722.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Broken Product: Schwab and Checking Apparently, an additional Schwab One account initially created failed, but instead of returning money and closing the accounts, they kept them "open" for years, and terrible IRA account auto-investments with sub-index returns. The attempts to reallocate and change investments were always buggy, or incomplete, with extreme difficult to find simple cheap broad market index fund replacements. What is worst is that the Schwab.com website AND many multiple calls to Customer Support, across many different departments and days, NEVER communicated that the accounts were "invalid." Instead, attempts to set up an external linked checked account was REFUSED BY SCHWAB BANK to my external bank, which was so weird to them that they (external bank) placed a security hold against possible fraud. But still after multiple calls, wherein I was OFFERED a fix to apply a MANUAL voided check linked account configuration, did a final "Customer Verification Research Department" finally be the FIRST in YEARS (3+) that this was an Invalid account that should not exist because some issue with an EXPERIAN credit check in 2014 (with Experian being the unreliable, unsecure, terrible consumer credit monster).
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good IRA account. Never had a problem with Schwab.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from IRA with mandatory withdrawals Schwab does well for research and trading. Meets all my needs for an asset statement (Balance Sheet). Falls way short for maintaining a projected income statement. Cash flow planning is very difficult because you do not offer Est. Annual Income by the security for all securities in a portfolio. Total Return monitoring must be done on my own spreadsheet. Takes several hours every month. I have mentioned to my acct mgr. If there is no change, I will be moving to an online brokerage that does. We moved my wife's acct from one that does to Schwab and she is lost without an estimated income summary. It has been one of her most reliable benchmarks for nearly 30 years.
Date published: 2017-09-12
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Date published: 2017-09-12
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Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Brokerage Firm I have always had great experience at Charles Schwab. I had my retirement account with them for a few years now. The only thing is the outrageous fees. I'm glad they lowered them from $8.95 to $4.95. I remember in early 2015 I phoned in an investment. I had to pay $13.95 for the commission, which is a lot. But I'm hoping they can reduce their commission costs.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Efficient service Information updated timely.
Date published: 2017-09-05
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Date published: 2017-09-02
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