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Saving in an IRA? Make it automatic

January 13, 2014

If you invest in a nonretirement Vanguard account through scheduled purchases from your bank, savings and loan, or credit union, you already know how convenient it is to set up and maintain an automatic investment program at Vanguard.

Did you know you can do the same thing with your IRA?

Vanguard.com makes it just as easy to set up regular investments—and to automatically maximize your contributions—in either a Roth IRA or traditional IRA, subject to age and income requirements. We'll even adjust your remaining automatic investments as needed to ensure that any IRA contributions you make "manually" don't push you over the yearly IRS limit.

Another great feature: Once you reach age 50, we can increase your contributions to help you take advantage of the IRS "catch-up" limits during your home stretch toward retirement.

Here's how to get started:

  • Log on to your account. (Not yet registered? Sign up now.)
  • Click More in the row of links above your IRA account details and select Schedule an automatic transaction from the dropdown menu.
  • Select Add automatic transaction, then click your IRA account and choose a contribution method—either by maximizing your annual contribution or indicating a specific amount.

Note: When entering your amount, don't forget to account for any contributions you may have made through other financial institutions.

You'll need to make a few other choices, too. For example: whether to invest in the mutual fund(s) you already own or add a new fund, and how often to invest (monthly, annually, etc.). Whatever path you choose, you'll be taking a meaningful step toward a financially comfortable retirement, putting the power of compounding to work for you.

Have questions? Call us at 800-551-8631 on business days from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our investment professionals are ready to help you reach your retirement goals.

Note:

  • All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.
  • When taking withdrawals from an IRA before age 59½, you may have to pay ordinary income tax plus a 10% federal penalty tax.
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