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Author: zigmund555 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 74780  
Subject: Opening a Roth Date: 2/7/2003 3:26 PM
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Hi fools,

It's about time I opened a Roth, and had a couple quick questions.

1. I've been told that I should open a "self-directed" IRA, so that I can buy and sell stock with the IRA funds. Are they all "self-directed" in this manner? I'm just curious becuase if I'm going to allocate into stocks I think I'd like to be able to allocate to which particular stocks it goes. (obviously, not all of the money, but a small portion, since I want to keep it in low risk).

2. Can anyone recommend a particular brokerage that has reasonable fees? I will be opening with just a few hundred dollars, and try to max out my contribution this year. I was thinking of Vanguard, but does it matter?
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Author: buzman Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 35685 of 74780
Subject: Re: Opening a Roth Date: 2/7/2003 3:37 PM
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Try TD Waterhouse. They did have a no-fee retirement plan program.

Vangaurd fees are a bit stiff for small accounts.


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Author: zigmund555 Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 35686 of 74780
Subject: Re: Opening a Roth Date: 2/7/2003 3:49 PM
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I noticed that.

Scottrade had no fees + $7 trades. I will have to dig a little deeper to see if there is a required number of trades per month or year.

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Author: kimflournoy Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 35687 of 74780
Subject: Re: Opening a Roth Date: 2/7/2003 3:50 PM
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Try TD Waterhouse. They did have a no-fee retirement plan program.

I believe that TD Waterhouse just started charging $25/year annual fee on their retirement accounts if you don't have $25k in assets with them.

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Author: bigcaat Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 35688 of 74780
Subject: Re: Opening a Roth Date: 2/7/2003 4:13 PM
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Scottrade. www.scottrade.com

Both my husband and I have roths there, as well as a brokerage account. I'm happy with my decision.

Hope this helps.
Caat

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Author: sellers Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 35693 of 74780
Subject: Re: Opening a Roth Date: 2/8/2003 1:59 PM
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DH and I have our IRAs with Scottrade, too, and are happy with them. Mine is a Roth. There is no fee for purchase of mutual fund shares and the dividends from them are automatically reinvested at no charge.

The statements are easy to understand, too.

Joan

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