- Gather the required information. You’ll need your personal information like Social Security number, date of birth, address etc. You’ll also need your employment information and bank account information if transferring funds.
- Decide if you want to open the account online or in-person. Opening online at www.schwab.com is typically faster, while visiting a local branch allows you to ask questions in-person.
- Determine the type of Roth IRA you want. Schwab offers many options including traditional IRAs, rollover IRAs, inherited IRAs and more. Make sure you choose Roth IRA.
- Set up your initial funding. You’ll need to fund your account with an initial deposit, typically $1,000 to start. Schwab allows funding via electronic bank transfers, checks, wire transfers and more.
- Select your investments. Pick stocks, bonds mutual funds, ETFs and other assets you want your Roth IRA invested in. Schwab offers recommendations if you need guidance getting started.
- Set up tax withholding if needed. While Roth IRA contributions are made with after-tax income, earnings can incur taxes so determine if/how you want those taxes withheld.
- Submit your application online or in-person. Schwab will then review and open your account so you can begin contributing and investing for retirement.
Let me know if you need any other specifics on opening or managing a Roth IRA account with Charles Schwab!