Types of IRAs

Opening a Roth, Traditional or Rollover IRA?

Find the IRA option that's right for you and take advantage of the potential tax benefits. Not sure which one to pick? Decide which IRA is right for you.
IRA OPTIONS

Traditional IRA

Allows you to deduct your contributions starting this year. 4
IRA OPTIONS

Roth IRA

Contribute after taxes, but withdrawals are tax-free in retirement.5
Consolidate your retirement accounts

Rolling other assets into a new IRA?6

(pick a traditional or Roth option)

Rolling other assets into your existing TIAA IRA?

Need help?
Call us at 844-TIAA-IRA.
Investments

Investment choices7 you can make in the TIAA IRA

An IRA is simply a type of account – Pick your own investments or have us provide you with a pre-packaged choice.

Simplified Options

  • Lifecycle (target date) funds
 
 
  • Morningstar (risk based) managed portfolios8
 
 
  • Lifestyle (target risk) funds

Self-directed

  • TIAA & CREF annuities
  • TIAA-CREF and Nuveen mutual funds
  • TIAA Bank savings
  • 6,500 non-proprietary mutual funds
  • Exchange traded funds (ETFs), stocks, bonds, and CD’s
Help Choosing

Which IRA is right for you?

Answer a few simple questions to find out which IRA may make sense for you.
First: How old will you be at the end of this year?
Your age helps decide if (and how much) you can contribute to an IRA.
Next: How do you file your taxes?
WHY TIAA
Take advantage of retirement savings with one of the world’s most ethical companies.1 Backed by 100 years of investing experience, here’s what TIAA offers you:
 
Quick & Easy
  • You can open your IRA in just a few minutes
  • Access your account on any device
Low or no fees
  • No account opening or maintenance fees
  • No minimums to open and invest
Tailored to you
  • Customizable portfolio options including annuities, mutual funds, and full service brokerage 2,3
Advice & Support
  • A team of experienced consultants that can help you every step of the way
Take action

We're here to help you

844-TIAA-IRA
(844-842-2472)
Weekdays, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (ET)
 
1 2015-2019. The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics. Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.
2 Certain products and services are only available for eligible individuals.
3 Annuity account options are available through contracts issued by TIAA or CREF. These contracts are designed for retirement or other long-term goals, and offer a variety of income options, including lifetime income. Payments from the variable annuity accounts are not guaranteed and will rise or fall based on investment performance.
4 Income limitations may apply.
5 Withdrawals of earnings prior to age 59, 1/2 are subject to ordinary income tax and a 10% penalty may apply. Earnings can be distributed tax free if distribution is no earlier than five years after contributions were first made and you meet at least one of the following conditions: age 59 1/2 or older or permanently disabled. Beneficiaries may receive a distribution in the event of your death.
6 Before rolling over or consolidating assets, consider your other options. You may be able to leave money in your current plan, withdraw cash or roll over the assets to your new employer’s plan if one is available and rollovers are permitted. Compare the differences in investment options, services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, other plan features, and tax treatment. Speak with a TIAA consultant and your tax advisor regarding your situation. Learn more at TIAA.org/reviewyouroptions.
7 Investing involves risk, including the potential for loss of principal. You should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before investing. Some securities may not be suitable for all investors.
8 Advisory services are provided by Advice & Planning Services, a division of TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, a registered investment adviser.  TIAA managed account services provide discretionary investment management services for a fee.
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