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Subject:  Re: Roth IRA Date:  10/25/1998  2:05 PM
Author:  TMFPixy Number:  6275 of 88498

Greetings, Raster, and welcome. You asked:

<<i will max out my 401K for this year. I want to invest
an additional $2000 in the Roth IRA........

My question is :

1. Where do I get the Roth IRA ? Do I have to buy it at
the bank, or some mutual fund company ?
2. What r the annual return percentages in the Roth
IRA ?>>

Roth IRAs are available at the vast majority of brokers, mutual funds, banks and insurance companies. You will have to obtain one at an authorized provider, but that's relatively easy given the sources available. However, you seem confused as evidenced by your second question. A Roth IRA (or any IRA for that matter) is not the investment itself. Think of it as a paper sack. Just as one of those holds your various purchases at a store, an IRA holds your various investments, and it does so in a tax-deferred vehicle. The investment can be pretty much what you choose from annuities to mutual funds to individual CDs, bonds, stocks and the like. Thus, the return you get is solely contingent on how you invest your money. In that respect, it's no different than your 401k. The ultimate growth there also depends on the type of investment you make.

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