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<<1) I assume, like you, that one will be able to roll traditional IRA money into a Roth for years to come... has anyone seen anything to contradict this?

2) After a rollover, does one have to wait 5 years to withdraw the rollover "contribution," or is it immediately available?>>

You may roll traditional IRA to Roth IRA in any year from this one foward. You will have to wait five tax years after each rollover before withdrawing that money penalty free before age 59 1/2. To avoid problems in that regard, you will have to maintain a separate rollover account for each years' rollover.

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