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I have a general question. I am wondering if I need to be utilizing both a 401(k) and an IRA. Here is my situation:

I am 25. I have about $33,000 in my 401(k) right now. I do not have any sort of IRA. My current salary is $70,000 (and I can make up to a 50% yearly bonus, but I am not counting on that). I put 15% (the max allowed) of my pre-tax salary into my 401(k) and plan on always doing so. I do not own a house.

I am wondering if I should put additional money into an IRA or if I would be better off keeping that money in an account that I can access before retirement. I am thinking I should not get an IRA yet so I can save up for down payments on a house and new car quicker, then looking into an IRA after I buy a house (within the next 5 years or so).

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