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Hi all,

I am thirty years old and have been contributing to a IRA account in a very small monthly "drip" form for 7 years now. To be honest, when I opened one I knew very little about the workings of it. It just made me feel better to think that I had started to invest in my future at such a young age. Quite frankly, I still know very little... In my quest to learn more and actualy take true charge of my future I was hoping to get some guidance...

How involved can one be in trading in an IRA account? I've only used it as a drip account into what seams like a mutual fund. Can I use it more as a free stock market account with individual active trading? Furthermore, I have opened a sharebuilder account and would love to be able to open a IRA account through them. Can I close an IRA account and/or transfer one without any tax penalties?

I hope this makes some sence.

I would appreciate any help.

Still in the dark.
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