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I am a true novice which is proven by the basic nature of my question:
A true novice in need of help:

I am 25, and I would like to open a Roth IRA account before April 15th, since by income I will only be eligible for contributions for the next 5 years only.

1. Can someone tell me the best ( and quickest )way to get one? i.e. through a bank,an investment co, like vanguard or schwab, online....???? I am so confused with all the options available, on how to make that initial step. Is there any advantage to opening an account through one company over the other? My job doesnt offer any IRA's. I want to make a 1999 contribution and my time is limited!

2. I am interested in testing the foolish four with the Roth IRA just for starters; Again, what's the most cost effective way or the best mode ( the point of the first question ) for purchasing the stocks.

Any response appreciated.
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