Compare Roth Ira Accounts  

Roth IRA account is a special kind of IRA that is popular with people because of the various tax benefits that it incurs. The contributions made to this account eventually become tax-free, while the distributions and early withdrawals are not taxable.

The rules pertaining to early withdrawals and yearly contribution limits of Roth IRAs are laid down by the federal government. However, various institutions and states may offer a wide range of options for investment within the primary guidelines set for Roth accounts. Roth contributions can be made in the banks, mutual funds, or brokers.

In order to compare these different Roth IRA accounts, their average (mean) rate of return should be weighed against each other. Majority of the banks usually provide a very low rate of return as the contributed funds are deposited into a CD (Certificate of Deposit). Although this particular amount is protected by FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.), it tends to grow very slowly and hence not preferable. On the other hand, Roth contributions made in mutual funds offered by various investment firms yield very high returns, but are much more risky than those deposited in the bank.

Following are some important criteria on which one can compare Roth IRA accounts:

  • The amount of fees charged in different accounts.
  • The frequency of the fees charged. For instance, in case of mutual fund accounts, the administration fee is charged annually.
  • Provisions for automatic monthly contribution -- while some accounts require only single contribution throughout the year, some others enable you to make small contributions every month to reach the contribution limit at the end of the year.
  • Minimum requirements for opening balance. Banks usually require a minimal amount to be invested when opening the Roth account. However, other investment firms may have the requirement of a very heavy initial investment amount.

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