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  • Annual Contribution Limits - This is the amount that an individual is allowed to contribute to their retirement accounts in a calendar year. In 2016, this limit is set at $5,500, or $6,500 if you’re over the age of 50.
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  • Distributions - Money that is taken out of your IRA, whether taken out before retirement age or at retirement age, it’s all considered a distribution, and will be taxed according to the account type.
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  • Individual Retirement Account - An IRA is a retirement account that’s set up with the help of a financial institution like a bank, or broker. IRAs are made up of contributions by an individual, and can be used to invest in stocks, bonds, and when in a self-directed IRA, farmland, startups, oil, and more.
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  • Required Minimum Distribution - An RMD is the required amount that an individual must take from their IRA when they reach the age of 70 ½ , because funds cannot remain in an account indefinitely.
  • Rollover - A Rollover is what you do when you wish to move pre-retirement funds from one trustee to another trustee, or you wish to deposit funds from one retirement plan to another plan.
  • Roth IRA - A Roth IRA is a type of retirement account that allows you to grow the money in your account, and is taxed before it goes into your account, so that when you take distributions, your funds are tax free.
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  • Traditional IRA - A Traditional IRA is tax-deferred as it grows in your account, but is subject to taxes as soon as funds are distributed, according to the amount in the account.
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