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

2016 and 2017: $5,500 ($6,500 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

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

$4.95 for online U.S. equity trades

More information

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

Roth vs. Traditional IRA Evaluator
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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Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy setup Traditional IRA was easy to set up, and easy to review online. All accounts are rolled into one monthly report for convenience. May 16, 2016
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Rated 4 out of 5 by good customer service Customer service helped me convert an inherited IRA to a traditional IRA. I didn't know this could be done, and they made the process very easy for me. It meant (I think) that I can delay a MRD until I turn 70-1/2 myself. I have other IRAs, not with Fidelity, so now I can manage all my IRAs similarly and as a group (I hope). May 16, 2016
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Rated 4 out of 5 by Need ability to sell Call Options The fidelity IRA is outstanding, I am a strong user of the platform and I think the Active TraderPro is outstanding. But for the IRA we need the ability to sell Call options not just covered calls. This option should be presented to experienced traders. May 2, 2016
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Office advisor The advisor I ended up with was very helpful in making choices about my investments and respected my concerns. The person I was supposed to meet with did not sound very respectful of my positions and I was very glad he got ill and I ended up with someone else. I am only rating the person I met with. He was also very helpful with the paperwork. March 28, 2016
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Rated 2 out of 5 by No value-add Gary was not as helpful as I had wanted - he seemed rushed and not allowing me to explain my situation - he skipped around and did not provide step by step guidance I was seeking. I am still confused on the EFT process to deposit into my ROTH IRA and if there are any restrictions for my contributions since I am a HCE in my employer 401k plan. March 8, 2016
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Rated 5 out of 5 by Easy to manage My experience has been that Fidelity IRA's, both Traditional and Roth accounts, are easy to manage via the internet. I have recently started receiving monthly distributions, via direct deposit to my bank account, to satisfy Required Minimum Distributions from my Traditional IRA. February 21, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great Research Tools I very rarely utilize Customer Service. Not quite sure what Fidelity's Customer Service provides! February 15, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by Monthly Statement The Monthly Statements are very long, repetitive and a waste of paper -- 11 pages for a single account. The useful needed information should fit on 2 pages. Despite the lengthy format, one piece of information is missing. I would like to see the previous month's value of each entry so I can see which one increased and which one went down and how much. February 11, 2016
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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
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Rated 3 out of 5 by Stable but could improve Would like better listing of nonFidelity mutual funds which would be available for IRA. Also, would like to see expenses for funds reduced to level given to established corporate 401k plans. Disappointed that the new account reports do not show month over changes in fund values. Like having a local account representative to speak to intermittently. January 17, 2016
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