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Unlike contributions, you can take distributions from your IRA in the form of securities. IOW, you can move stock from your IRA to a regular investment account without selling the stock. The amount of the distribution is the value of the stock on the date of transfer. If you don't need the cash this would be a good thing to do with stocks that you think are temporarily down. If you leave them in the IRA, any gain will be taxed as ordinary income when you finally withdraw them or their value. If you use them for your distribution and they then grow in your taxable account, gains will be eligible for the favored long-term capital gains rates (after they've been out of the IRA for a year).
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You can also transfer those stocks from your IRA to a Roth and hope they also grow.
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