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The maximum you can contribute to a Roth IRA is indeed $2000 per year. But tax years overlap: the 1999 tax year goes from 1/1/1999 to 4/15/2000, while the 2000 tax year goes from 1/1/2000 to 4/15/2001. So if you open your Roth IRA between 1/1 and 4/15, you can contribute $4000 ($2000 for the year that just ended, and $2000 for the current year), and spend $1000 (minus commission) on each of the four stocks of the Foolish Four.
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