When you take money out of your IRA at retirement time, if it is a Roth it won't be taxed, if traditional will be taxed as ordinary income no matter what was the source of the money. Assuming you own some combination of stocks that pay dividends and bonds that pay interest, dividends are taxed at a favorable rate. Therefore, it is well to fill your IRA with items that pay interest or otherwise lots of income that would otherwise be taxable, and have your dividends that are taxed at a lower rate in taxable accounts. You also may have more tendency to buy and sell stocks, and the capital gains are taxed at a favorable rate if in taxable accounts. Best wishes, Chris
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