Traditional IRA

With a traditional IRA, you make contributions with money you may be able to deduct on your tax return. Any earnings potentially grow tax-deferred until you withdraw them in retirement.

Benefits of a traditional IRA

  • No account fees or minimums to open an account
  • Earnings grow federal income tax-deferred
  • Help choosing from a wide range of investment options

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Tax-deductible contributions1


Any earnings grow federal income tax-deferred.


10% early withdrawal penalty may apply for other withdrawals taken prior to age 59½ if no exceptions apply.

Penalty-free withdrawals for first home purchase and certain college expenses

Required minimum distributions (RMDs) starting at age 70½


Individuals less than 70½ years of age

Must have employment compensation

Maximum contribution

2018: $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or older)
2019: $6,000 ($7,000 if age 50 or older)

Minimum investment

There is no minimum to open the account

Certain investments, like mutual funds, require a minimum initial investment

Investment options

Access to a wide range of investments offering growth or income including mutual funds, stocks, bonds, ETFs, and FDIC-insured CDs

Support and guidance

Research and tools to help you create a long-term plan and choose investments

Account fees

There are no opening, closing or annual fees for Fidelity's traditional, Roth, SEP, SIMPLE and rollover IRA's. *

Trading fees3

$0 commission for online US stock, ETF, and option trades

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Learn about IRAs
Get the basics, from choosing investments to taking minimum required distributions (MRDs).

IRA Contribution Calculator
Answer a few questions to find out which type of IRA is right for you.

IRA Checklist
Follow these three steps to open a new IRA or transfer an IRA from another provider to Fidelity.


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