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<The result seems to be that I've been paying taxes for the past couple of years on a higher amount than I actually have in the IRA now. In addition, if the tax cuts go into effect, I've been paying at a higher rate than if I had not converted or waited to convert.>

When it comes to the tax laws, all are subject to change. It is my opinion that one day we will see Roth IRA distributions taxed, as it will be too ripe a plum for an always hungry federal government to resist.

As for the value of the stocks in there now, keep in mind the reasons you bought them in the first place. Hopefully, you put a lot of time into picking good quality companies. In the "long run" that should be well rewarded.


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