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Yup, well aware that the IRA is for retirement. Thought it would be a good idea to start early with a nice chuck of money in order for the compounding interest to have more of an effect over time.

Other thought is maybe starting the IRA and then getting a car or something. I'm really not sure.

I have a pretty diversified portfolio picked out if I do decide to invest. Most of the investment will be put into one of the motley fool funds, and then a few grand spread about some large companies that pay dividends, then a little bit put into gold and silver.

Just wanted a little input from wiser, more experienced people to see what you guys thought.
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