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14 Best Roth IRA Accounts of November 2020

Andrea CoombesOctober 1, 2020

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A Roth individual retirement account, or IRA, is one of the best places to save for retirement — you put money in after paying income taxes on it, but then your account grows entirely tax-free. In retirement, you don’t have to pay any tax on withdrawals, provided you follow the rules, which can mean more financial freedom for you. And it’s easy to get going: It takes just 15 minutes to open an account.

We’re here to help. Every year, we evaluate major U.S. online brokers and robo-advisors to select the best Roth IRA account offerings. Our favorites are below. (Note: The star ratings on this page are for the provider overall. Some brokers with a lower overall rating are included here because IRAs are where they excel.)

Summary of Best Roth IRA Accounts of November 2020

Our picks for

Hands-Off Investors

For people who want to invest for retirement but don’t want to worry about managing their portfolio over time, a robo-advisor is an easy choice. Generally, robo-advisors hire investment pros to develop a handful of portfolios aimed at different types of investors. Here are our top picks for investors who prefer help with management:

Betterment IRA

on Betterment's website

Betterment IRA

Betterment IRA

Fees

0.25%

management fee

Account Minimum

$0

Promotion

Up to 1 year

of free management with a qualifying deposit

on Betterment's website


Promotion

Up to 1 year

of free management with a qualifying deposit

Why we like it

With its low-cost ETFs, automatic rebalancing, extensive tax strategies and retirement advice, Betterment is a strong bet for retirement investors. Betterment’s planning tools include advice on “asset location” — which types of investments are best for different types of accounts — and investors can sync outside accounts, as well.

Pros

  • Multiple investment options.

  • Robust goal-based tools.

  • Fractional shares mean all your cash is invested.

  • Low management fee.

Cons

  • $100,000 minimum and higher fee for access to financial advisors.

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SoFi Automated Investing

on SoFi Invest's website

SoFi Automated Investing

SoFi Automated Investing

Fees

0%

management fee

Account Minimum

$0

Promotion

Free

career counseling plus loan discounts with qualifying deposit

on SoFi Invest's website


Promotion

Free

career counseling plus loan discounts with qualifying deposit

Why we like it

SoFi Automated Investing is great for beginning, cost-conscious investors who favor a hands-off approach. Plus, as a customer, you could be eligible for bonuses on other SoFi products.

Pros

  • Broad range of low-cost investments.

  • Free management.

  • Automatic rebalancing.

  • Customer support.

  • Access to certified financial planners.

Cons

  • Limited account types.

  • No tax-loss harvesting.

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Ellevest

on Ellevest's website

Ellevest

Ellevest

Fees

$1 - $9

per month

Account Minimum

$0

Promotion

2 months free

with promo code "nerdwallet"

on Ellevest's website


Promotion

2 months free

with promo code "nerdwallet"

Why we like it

This advisor markets itself to women and takes a goal-focused approach that factors in women’s lower incomes, lifetime earnings and longer lifespans. With its $0 account minimum, competitive membership fee and a la cart access to CFPs and coaches, Ellevest is an appealing choice for investors of any gender.

Pros

  • Low account minimum and fees.

  • Goal-focused investing approach.

  • Portfolio mix that factors women’s needs.

  • A la carte sessions with coaches and CFPs.

Cons

  • Essential members can't open an IRA.

  • No tax-loss harvesting.

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Our picks for

Hands-On Investors

For people who want to pick their own investments, opening a Roth IRA at an online broker makes a lot of sense. At the best brokers, you’ll find a large list of low-cost investments to choose from, including index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds. Here are the favorites from this year's analysis:

Merrill Edge IRA

Merrill Edge IRA

Fees

$0

per trade

Account Minimum

$0

Promotion

Up to $600

cash credit with qualifying deposit


Promotion

Up to $600

cash credit with qualifying deposit

Why we like it

Merrill Edge offers high-quality customer service, robust research and low fees — all with no account minimum. Customers of parent company Bank of America will love the seamless, thoughtful integration, with a single login to access both accounts.

Pros

  • Robust third-party research.

  • Integrated with Bank of America.

Cons

  • Lower number of low-expense-ratio mutual funds than some competitors.

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TD Ameritrade IRA

TD Ameritrade IRA

Fees

$0

per trade

Account Minimum

$0

Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time


Promotion

None

no promotion available at this time

Why we like it

TD Ameritrade’s $0 commissions, $0 account minimum, wealth of free research and retirement planning tools, and plentiful lineup of no-transaction-fee mutual funds make it an ideal place to set up an IRA. Its library of educational resources and free paper trading account are also great features to help investors hone their skills.

Pros

  • $0 account minimum.

  • Large lineup of no-transaction-fee mutual funds.

  • Good customer support.

  • Commission-free stock, ETF and options trades.

Cons

  • Costly broker-assisted trades.

  • High short-term ETF trading fee.

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Last updated on October 2, 2020

Methodology

NerdWallet's ratings for brokers and robo-advisors are weighted averages of several categories, including investment selection, customer support, account fees, account minimum, trading costs and more. Our survey of brokers and robo-advisors includes the largest U.S. providers by assets under management, plus notable and/or emerging players in the industry. Factors we consider, depending on the category, include advisory fees, branch access, user-facing technology, customer service and mobile features. The stars represent ratings from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Ratings are rounded to the nearest half-star.

To recap our selections...

NerdWallet's Best Roth IRA Accounts of November 2020

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