Types of Accounts - Teaching Children About Money, Part 2

November 13, 2018
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Last week I reviewed the priority of saving and listed several different types of accounts to save in. This week, I want to provide clarity around the types and common purpose of various accounts.

In general, there are three broad categories of investment accounts –



Common Types – 401(k), IRA, 403(b), TSP, SEP IRA

Common Purposes –

  1. Saving for retirement goals.
  2. Deferring taxes in high income years.


Common Types – Roth IRA, Roth 401(k)

Common Purposes –

  1. Saving for retirement goals.
  2. Saving after-tax during years of lower income.



Types – Individual, Joint, Trust, TOD, UTMA

Common Purposes –

  1. Saving for intermediate term goals
  2. Extra saving after funding other accounts


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