How to open an IRA
Follow these steps to help you make your decisions and open your new IRA.
Decide which IRA suits you best
Choose an "all in one" fund or customize your portfolio
Open your IRA online quickly & easily
- Get started with as little as $1,000.*
- Move money directly from your bank to your new Vanguard IRA® electronically. You'll just need your bank account and routing numbers (found on your bank checks).
- Name beneficiaries for your IRA. (We'll send instructions once your IRA is open.)
- Avoid the $20 annual account service fee by registering your accounts online and signing up for e-delivery.
Where the money can come from
Make a direct contribution by check or electronic transfer from your bank.
Move an old employer plan account into a Vanguard IRA.
Move an IRA that you have at another company to Vanguard.
We're here to help
Talk with an experienced retirement specialist.
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