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Roth IRA Calculator

Use the Roth IRA calculator below to estimate the value of your account at retirement.

To get the most accurate projections, experiment with different annual contribution amounts, expected rates of return, and/or retirement ages.

      Roth IRA Calculator  
      Starting Balance $  
      Annual Contribution $  
      Expected Rate of Return    
      Current Age    
      Retirement Age    
      Balance at Retirement $  


    How To Use The Roth IRA Calculator

    Simply fill out the fields in the Roth IRA Calculator featured above, using a value for each of the following items:

    • Starting Balance
    • Annual Contribution
    • Expected Rate of Return
    • Current Age
    • Retirement Age

    Not sure what these terms mean? Not sure what numbers to put in?

    Use the section below as a guide for your Roth IRA calculations.

    Then, as you fill in each field with numbers customized to your situation, the calculator will automatically update to reveal your projected balance at retirement.

    Roth IRA Calculator Terms

    Below is an explanation of each calculator term:

    Starting Balance
    This is the current balance in your Roth IRA (if you already have one). If you're still considering opening a Roth IRA, put zero in this field (since you don't have an existing balance).

    Need an example?

    Let's say, you already have $10,000 in your Roth IRA.

    If so, then put $10,000 in the "Starting Balance" field.

    Annual Contribution
    This is the amount you plan to contribute to your Roth IRA on an annual basis.

    For example, let's say you plan to contribute $100 per month to your Roth IRA. If so, then put $1,200 in the "Annual Contribution" field.

    The default for this field is set to $5,000 because that's the maximum contribution if you're under age 50.

    However, the maximum contribution is $6,000 for people age 50 and older. So if you're 50 or older and plan to make the maximum contribution, put $6,000 in the "Annual Contribution" field.

    If you're married, and both you and your spouse intend to make the maximum contribution, then input the appropriate amount in this field.

    For example, if both you and your spouse are under age 50 and eligible to contribute the maximum amount, then put $10,000 in the "Annual Contribution" field.

    Expected Rate of Return
    This is the annual compound rate of return you anticipate receiving on your Roth IRA savings. This will vary from person to person based investing strategy, fees, types of investments, and other factors.

    However, since most people invest their Roth IRA savings in stocks, the default is set to 10.85% - the annual compound rate of return on the S&P 500 from 1959 to 2003.

    If you expect a higher or lower rate of return, adjust accordingly.

    Current Age
    This is fairly self-explanatory. Just check your birth certificate if you're not sure!

    Seriously, though, you might want to consider an older age for this field if you're not yet investing in your Roth IRA but plan to do so in the future.

    Retirement Age
    This is the age at which you'd like to retire, and while you'd probably like to make this the same as your current age, that may not be realistic... (although I hope I'm wrong!)

    Make sure you put a realistic age in the "Retirement Age" field in order to get the most accurate calculation for your Roth IRA.

    Balance At Retirement
    This is the projected value of your Roth IRA when you retire.

    The Roth IRA calculator automatically updates when you fill in the aforementioned fields.

    Remember, in most cases, this is a tax-free nest egg. However, this particular calculator is not adjusted for inflation - so plan accordingly.

    Calculating Your Retirement Plans

    While this Roth IRA calculator provides you with a rough estimate of the health of your Roth IRA savings plan, it's important to remember it's only an estimate.

    Do lot's of research. Refine your plan and make it better by asking tough questions, such as...

    What happens if you get a lower than expected rate of return?

    What happens if inflation is higher than you expected?

    And how would working an extra year or two impact the value of your Roth IRA?

    Explore all the scenarios, and you'll get a much better picture of where you stand and how you can achieve your retirement savings goals.

    Additional Roth IRA Calculators

    Roth IRA Conversion Calculator - Use this calculator to compare the projected after-tax value of your Traditional IRA or 401k to the projected tax-free value of the same funds in your Roth IRA. Comparing the two will help you determine if a Roth IRA conversion is right for you.

    Roth IRA Contribution Calculator - Use this calculator to determine the dollar amount of the annual contribution you need to make in order to meet your desired Roth IRA retirement balance.

    Roth IRA Investment Calculator - Use this calculator to determine the rate of return you need to generate on your Roth IRA savings in order to meet your retirement goal.

    Roth IRA Retirement Calculator - Use this calculator to estimate your annual inflation-adjusted income in retirement based on your Roth IRA starting balance, annual contributions, rate of return, and other variables.

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