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<< I find the bit of info [Castings] supplied especailly helpful because I underfunded my Roth when I still "worked" for a living. Now, I'd like to supply my Roth with enough cash that I can start trading to buy a home. (As I understand the law, one can withdraw money from a Roth early penalty free if the funds go toward purchase of a first home.) >>

Be careful with this. The lifetime limit is $10,000, there are time limits involved, and if the Roth hasn't been established for 5 years, the earnings are subject to tax. You can read all about it in the FAQ.

Phil Marti
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