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Andrew Answers: What Is An IRA?



After five years of experience leading a TPA call center in North Carolina, Andrew decided to move west to explore parts unknown and follow his passion of helping others. Walking through the doors of Ubiquity Retirement + Savings, formerly The Online 401(k) for the first time, he knew he’d found something special. Continuing to delight clients and partners alike and 10 years later, Andrew has been able to develop new teams, co-found a non-profit of strategic alliances, co-produce a hard-hitting documentary about the looming retirement crisis, and still had time to spread the savings gospel far and wide. Using social media and actual media alike (Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, PlanSponsor, and more), you’ll find no one who likes talking retirement more than this guy!


October 30, 2013 at 9:27 am
Personal Finance


Ellie is a college student. Ellie is a smart college student. Ellie writes in to ask about what she can do while she’s in college to start saving. She’s definitely the Hermoine of her friend group.

In today’s Andrew Answers, we talk about how she can save for retirement with an IRA. An IRA is an Individual Retirement Account and can allow you to save up to $5,500 per year. The most popular is the ROTH (post-tax) IRA since most folks get this outside of payroll deductions at work. You can get one just about anywhere (like your local bank). BUYER BEWARE: they may be offered as free, but the investment fees can be high. When shopping for the right IRA, be sure to check on the cost of the investments. Luckily, The Online 401(k) offers the Saver(k) which comes with a low administrative cost and only .25% investment fees. If you don’t have a way to save at work, be like Ellie and start looking into IRAs today!

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