Traditional IRA

May be a good option if you expect to be in the same or lower tax bracket when you retire.

Is a Traditional IRA right for me?

If you’re looking for an easy way to build your retirement portfolio and want to defer paying taxes until after you retire, a Traditional IRA could be a good choice.

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An IRA may be subject to an annual fee, and a fee may be assessed when an IRA is closed.

Find a Retirement Fund that fits your time horizon.

A Retirement Fund can be a convenient way to invest in your retirement. You choose your fund with the target date closest to the year you plan to retire (assumed to be age 65). The fund's investment mix automatically adjusts during your working years and throughout retirement, becoming more conservative over time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are married and file a joint tax return, each spouse can make a contribution up to the current limit; however, your combined contributions can’t be more than the taxable compensation reported on your joint return. 

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Our Automatic Buy service allows you to make recurring contributions of at least $100 directly into your mutual fund accounts.

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Investing a consistent amount cannot assure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market. Since such a plan involves continuous investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels, investors should consider their financial ability to continue purchases through periods of low and high price levels.

Annual contribution limits for your combined IRAs are adjusted periodically by the IRS. You can contribute up to $6,000 ($7,000, if age 50 or older) for 2022 and $6,500 ($7,500, if age 50 or older) for 2023.

You can take ownership of assets inherited from an IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), which can be rolled into your own IRA,** provided you are a spouse beneficiary.

Non-spouse individual beneficiaries of an IRA or an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k), can roll over their inherited retirement account assets into an Inherited IRA.

Inherited IRAs must be established through a direct trustee-to-trustee transfer. If the beneficiary receives the distribution directly from the IRA or retirement plan, the money is not rollover-eligible and may not be invested in an Inherited IRA.

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The principal value of the Retirement Funds is not guaranteed at any time, including at or after the target date, which is the approximate year an investor plans to retire (assumed to be age 65) and likely stop making new investments in the fund. If an investor plans to retire significantly earlier or later than age 65, the funds may not be an appropriate investment even if the investor is retiring on or near the target date. The funds’ allocations among a broad range of underlying T. Rowe Price stock and bond funds will change over time. The funds emphasize potential capital appreciation during the early phases of retirement asset accumulation, balance the need for appreciation with the need for income as retirement approaches, and focus on supporting an income stream over a long-term postretirement withdrawal horizon. The funds are not designed for a lump-sum redemption at the target date and do not guarantee a particular level of income. The funds maintain a substantial allocation to equities both prior to and after the target date, which can result in greater volatility over shorter time horizons.

*36 of our 42 Retirement Funds (Investor, Advisor, and R-Class) had a 10-year track record as of 12/31/2023 (includes Investor, Advisor, and R-Class Shares). 35 of these 36 funds (97%) beat their Lipper average for the 10-year period. 42 of 42 (100%), 26 of 39 (67%), and 39 of 39 (95%) of the Retirement Funds outperformed their Lipper average for the 1-, 3-, and 5-year periods ended 12/31/2023, respectively. Calculations are based on cumulative total return. Not all funds outperformed for all periods. (Source for data: Lipper Inc.)

**Consider all available options, which include remaining with your current retirement plan, rolling over into a new employer's plan or IRA, or cashing out the account value. When deciding between an employer-sponsored plan and IRA, there may be important differences to consider, such as range of investment options, fees and expenses, availability of services, and distribution rules (including differences in applicable taxes and penalties). Depending on your plan's investment options, in some cases, the investment management fees associated with your plan's investment options may be lower than similar investment options offered outside the plan.

All investments involve risk, including possible loss of principal.