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Retirement may still be far away, but you can get a little closer to it right now.

Step 1: Choose your retirement account

If you're not sure what to choose, a Roth IRA is a great option. Contributions aren't tax-deductible, but you can withdraw them at any time without penalty, and withdrawals in retirement are tax-free as long as you meet the requirements.

Step 2: Select your investments

Don't want to spend time hand-picking investments? A Target Retirement Fund that's aligned with your expected year of retirement will give you an appropriate balance of risk and return.

Step 3: Open your account

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Roth IRA

A type of IRA that allows you to make after-tax contributions (so you don't get an immediate tax deduction) and then withdraw money in retirement tax-free as long as you meet the requirements.

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Contributions

The yearly, monthly, or weekly amounts you save in your account.

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Tax-deductible

Contributions you can subtract from your income on your tax return, resulting in a lower tax bill.

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Tax-free withdrawals

Money you can take out of your account without owing any federal income tax, even if some of it has never been taxed.

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Target-date fund

A mutual fund intended for retirement savers that automatically rebalances and adjusts its asset mix as investors get closer to retirement. For example, a 20-year-old might invest in a target-date fund for people planning to retire around 2060. Target-date funds are professionally managed and typically diversified across asset classes and market segments.

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Risk

Usually refers to investment risk, which is a measure of how likely it is that you could lose money in an investment. However, there are other types of risk when it comes to investing.

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Returns

The profit you get from investing money. Over time, this profit is based mainly on the amount of risk associated with the investment. So, for example, less-risky investments like certificates of deposit (CDs) or savings accounts generally earn a low rate of return, and higher-risk investments like stocks generally earn a higher rate of return.

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Mutual fund

A type of investment that pools shareholder money and invests it in a variety of securities. Each investor owns shares of the fund and can buy or sell these shares at any time. Mutual funds are typically more diversified, low-cost, and convenient than investing in individual securities, and they're professionally managed.

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IRA (individual retirement account)

A type of account created by the IRS that offers tax benefits when you use it to save for retirement.

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Taxable accounts

Accounts that don't receive special tax treatment, so all interest, dividends, and capital gains are subject to taxation in the year they're received.

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ETF (exchange-traded fund)

A type of investment with characteristics of both mutual funds and individual stocks. ETFs are professionally managed and typically diversified, like mutual funds, but they can be bought and sold at any point during the trading day using straightforward or sophisticated strategies.

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Vanguard funds with purchase & redemption fees

Purchase fees are charged generally by funds that routinely face higher transaction costs when buying securities for the portfolio.

Redemption fees are charged generally by funds that want to discourage market-timing.

Neither is considered a sales charge or "load" because both are paid directly to the fund to offset higher transaction costs.

There are currently just 5 Vanguard funds (each with multiple share classes) that charge one or both of these fees. Each has a corresponding exchange-traded fund (ETF) share class that excludes these fees and can be bought and sold in your Vanguard Brokerage Account commission-free.


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

1.00%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

1.00%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.75%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.75%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.75%

REDEMPTION FEE

None


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

0.25%


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

0.25%


PURCHASE FEE

0.25%

REDEMPTION FEE

0.25%


You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through a broker like Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free) or through another broker (you may incur commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services commission and fee schedules for limits. Vanguard ETF Shares aren't redeemable directly with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. Like stocks, ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you'll pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value.