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You'd need to sell the stock, put the money into the (Roth) IRA and then buy the stock back inside the IRA. And the cap on IRA contributions is $2000 for this year; it'll be $3000 next year.

Of course, the original poster could always wait until January to sell the stock and make a full $5000 contribution at that time - $2000 for 2001 and $3000 for 2002...

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