New research from TD Ameritrade finds that many individuals are confused when it comes to Roth IRAs — accounts that are funded with post-tax money. Consequently, many people are leaving cash on the table, when it comes to maximizing this savings strategy.
CNBC’s recent article entitled “Not knowing these Roth IRA truths can cost you” explains the biggest things that investors typically don’t know about Roth IRAs. They include not knowing how to decide between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA, along with the fact that you can contribute to a 401(k) and a Roth IRA.
You’re allowed to contribute to a 401(k) and a Roth IRA. Many workers get their retirement savings education from their employer. Those employer-provided plans are usually 401(k) plans, and you generally want to contribute enough to that account to get the employer match. However, what 60% of investors incorrectly think is that you can only contribute to a Roth once you reach your 401(k) maximum, according to TD Ameritrade’s research. It’s okay (and smart) to be contributing to both a Roth IRA and a 401(k) at the same time. You don’t have to hit the 401(k) max to contribute to a Roth IRA.