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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.

Reasons to consider a Traditional IRA

  • Earnings grow federal income tax-deferred
  • Penalty-free withdrawals for first home purchase and certain college expenses
  • Tools, ideas, and strategies to help you prepare for your retirement

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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

Minimum required distributions (MRDs) starting at age 70½


Individuals less than 70½ years of age

Must have employment compensation

Maximum contribution

2015 and 2016: $5,500 ($6,500 if age 50 or older)

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

One-on-one guidance—in person, online, or over the phone

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

Account opening and annual maintenance fees


*There is no cost to open and no annual fee for Fidelity's Traditional, Roth, SEP, and Rollover IRAs. A $50 account close out fee may apply. Fund investments held in your account may be subject to management, low balance and short term trading fees, as described in the offering materials. For all securities, see the Fidelity commission schedule (PDF) for trading commission and transaction fee details.

Trading fees3

$7.95 for online U.S. equity trades

More information

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

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IRA Checklist
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Fidelity is the Best Fidelity has something for everyone. There is no need to look anywhere else for investment products. Mutual Funds, ETFs, Stocks, Index Funds, whatever you need Fidelity can provide. Their website is easy to use and their monthly statements are easy to read. Having all of my accounts at Fidelity helps with seeing the whole picture of my assets, and whether or not I'm keeping within the stock/bond allocation that I'm comfortable with. While the new monthly statement contains additional helpful info, I miss not seeing the value of each of my positions at the beginning and end of the month instead of just seeing that at the account level. Adding a percent of increase/decrease for each position would also be beneficial. December 14, 2015
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Reliability and Service Fidelity has a excellent display of information for a person to look at its IRA for him/her to administer by one's own initiative or with the help/guidance of a Fidelity representative that is very knowledgeable that keeps you updated and well informed. July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good selection of funds Fidelity is one of the largest retirement planning companies, and with their prominent size comes a wide selection of mutual funds and brokerage services for my IRA. I liked the research tools that compare fund performance and fees, with clear recommendations via fund picks. Contributions are easy to make. I'm happy with the Fidelity IRA offerings. July 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Financial Empowerment Fidelity's website has all the research there for you so you can feel confident making an informed decision. I spoke to an investment professional who guided me when I wanted to diversify. When I traded/sold it was easy to connect to my bank account, no cost and efficient. January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr Great support staff, and one of the best web sites made this my number one investment choice. Fidelity meets all expectations with answering questions , follow up and support from staff. This is my first try of an on line investment company, and fidelity has been a positive example of doing things right. Many on line services are hard to get any personal service when things go wrong, but Fidelity Investments is fantastic. Would recommend to all my friends and family. January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by My IRA at fidelity I love my Fidelity IRA. I can access it easily, it is secure and I can see how my investments are doing over time and day to day. I have been very happy with the service provided by Fidelity, the cost of the account, the price of trades and the depth of information available to research positions. The research information is probably the strongest asset of the account. I do not need to buy a position in order to research its performance. The trades are done quickly, I can access information any time I like, and I can call an account representative if I have a question. Their service over the years has been outstanding. I have had absolutely no complaints about Fidelity. June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great online research resources Super representatives and great online research resources. Customer service is always ready to help and very accommodating. All assets have been transferred to Fidelity because they exceed in all areas. Left a broker offering free trades for the convenience, research and customer service I get from of Fidelity. June 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fidelity Traditional IRA I have been a Fidelity customer for about 20 years. I have rolled over all my 401K money from my prior employers into a Fidelity Traditional IRA. You have excellent asset allocation tools, thousands of no load mutual funds and even a very good selection of no transaction fee ETF's to choose from. For someone like me who chooses to manage my own investments, I think Fidelity is hard to beat. February 22, 2013
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Rated 1 out of 5 by Worst Customer Service / Funding Process Opened a new IRA with Fidelity and the funding process is horrible. You can either verify your account via mail or go to one of their investment centers. Was told by rep on the phone investment center is fastest way to do it. Drove 40 miles round trip only to find out that it still takes 3 business days to even process the form, and now being told 7 - 10 business days to verify the account is mine plus an additional 4 business days for the money to be available. Little more than 3 weeks from open to my money working for me. Have been told by multiple reps different time frames and each has a different excuse for why it takes so long. Last one blaming the weekend. Opened another IRA with a different company and from open to funded in 3 days. February 1, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by More needless problems executing simple transactions Simple transactions (e.g., sending wires to existing savings or checking accounts, which are already used for funding or receiving funds) is needlessly complex and requires extra needless steps. The workers are always courteous and want to be helpful. I find other major funds are more reasonable. February 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by (Don't understand this request) Excellent choice of investments, and quick execution of trades. Love the moment by moment price updates. My only concern is navigating the client website once I'm on it. There are too many extraneous choices, and it's difficult to discover how to reach someone I can briefly speak with. I'm a $500,000+ "premium" account, and I couldn't even find the special telephone number allotted for these. All in all, a great firm though. January 31, 2016
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Rated 4 out of 5 by fidelity reveiw I find he IRA and other Fidelity accounts convenient and easy to use. I do not like the informational notes that arrive as emails and do not link to the specific pertinent information. they merely link to the same generic comment as is in the email and I have to go searching for the important message. January 4, 2016
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Rated 5 out of 5 by my regular ira with fidelity it meets my current needs. Only negative is that with the current transfer into Fidelity this calendar year, even though I input the MRD, the system won't catch it and track it. November 4, 2015
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to navigate I find the ability to drill down and see the value, gain/loss and cost in an easy to read format very helpful November 1, 2015
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Rated 1 out of 5 by Cannot set up EFT on-line despite hours phone reps unhelpful and just transferred me around. October 19, 2015
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ETFs are subject to market fluctuation and the risks of their underlying investments. ETFs are subject to management fees and other expenses. Unlike mutual funds, ETF shares are bought and sold at market price, which may be higher or lower than their NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund.

1. For a Traditional IRA, full deductibility of a contribution for 2015 is available to active participants whose 2015 Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is $98,000 or less (joint) and $61,000 or less (single); partial deductibility for MAGI up to $118,000 (joint) and $71,000 (single). In addition, full deductibility of a contribution is available for working or nonworking spouses who are not covered by an employer-sponsored plan whose MAGI is less than $183,000 for 2015; partial deductibility for MAGI up to $193,000. For 2016 full deductibility of a contribution is available to active participants whose 2016 Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) is $98,000 or less (joint) and $61,000 or less (single); partial deductibility for MAGI up to $118,000 (joint) and $71,000 (single). In addition, full deductibility of a contribution is available for working or nonworking spouses who are not covered by an employer-sponsored plan whose MAGI is less than $184,000 for 2016; partial deductibility for MAGI up to $194,000.
2. You must be at least 18 to open an IRA at Fidelity.
3. $7.95 commission applies to online U.S. equity trades in a Fidelity account with a minimum opening balance of $2,500 for Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC retail clients. Sell orders are subject to an activity assessment fee (of between $0.01 to $0.03 per $1000 of principal). Other conditions may apply. See Fidelity.com/commissions for details.
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