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Even with a traditional IRA I believe you'll still be 'stuck' with the 10% penalty unless you use a 72(t) distribution plan. Geez, I'd hate to pay income tax PLUS 10%!

At least with the Roth you can withdraw your contributions tax-free prior to age 59 1/2.

If I were in your shoes, I'd combine a Roth with a taxable account for my investment savings.

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