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>> So I'm still not clear how you can make a $2k contribution, and now the FMV of the Roth IRA is $2k, but you say that it contains $500 of earnings. It would seem to me that the Roth IRA would contain your original $2k contribution. Nothing more. Nothing less.

To clarify, I initially put $2000 in a Roth IRA mutual fund. Due to the increase in the mutual fund price, it is now worth $2500. I reasoned that I am able to sell just enough shares of the fund to cover the $2000 withdrawal, but leave the remaining $500 so that I'm not penalized. Is it true that "earnings" include dividends AND capital gains?


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