What Type of Stocks Should I Put in My Roth IRA?

What type of stocks should I put in my Roth IRA

Roth IRAs allow investors to put any earned income, including stock shares, into an investment vehicle without incurring taxes on it – this includes income such as rental properties or securities income, non-taxable alimony or child support payments and so forth. However, unearned income cannot be invested, such as passive rental property income or securities earnings that do not accrue tax savings.

As a general guideline, it is wise to skew your IRA portfolio towards stocks based on how many years are left before retirement and your risk tolerance. This strategy helps maximize growth potential.


Roth IRAs make an ideal vehicle for investing in stocks because their earnings grow and appreciate tax-free (provided you follow withdrawal rules from retirement accounts). Growth stocks – small cap companies with strong potential growth potential that may or may not pay dividends but can offer long-term capital gains potential – can make an especially good addition.

Value stocks could also make an excellent addition to your IRA portfolio. Value stocks are undervalued stocks with share prices below their typical worth; as a result, they tend to be less volatile and preserve portfolio value over the long-term while potentially yielding greater returns than more speculative growth stocks.


Your Roth IRA should consist mainly of stocks, with some allocated to bonds and cash as an emergency cushion. An easy way to do this is through index-based ETFs.

Equal-weight funds like Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (NYSEARCA:IVV) may also provide a viable solution, providing both cost savings and diversification benefits.

High-dividend stocks make an excellent selection for IRAs, since they provide investors with a share of the company’s profits on an ongoing basis. Investors may opt to take these dividends in cash or reinvest them further building up their portfolio’s value.

Bonds tend to be less volatile than stocks and help secure long-term wealth preservation. But remember, bond returns depend heavily on interest rates; and with them being so low at present, many bond funds don’t offer much yield in return.

Money Markets

When saving for retirement, it can make sense to tilt your portfolio towards stocks rather than bonds or money market funds/cash in order to maximize long-term potential growth.

Focus your Roth IRA investments on high-growth investments such as income stock mutual funds or ETFs that will generate capital gains tax-free dividend earnings, with no taxes to worry about on any stock appreciation or dividend earnings from these types of investments.

Your other option for investing is money market funds or ETFs, characterized by safety and liquidity with share prices typically set to $1 per unit. While some investments focus on short-term government securities while others invest in corporate debt, a financial professional should recommend the right one for you based on your specific needs. It should never dominate your portfolio but serve as an anchor against market fluctuations – see chart below to show how $10k invested over 30 years could grow with diversification.

Real Estate

Real estate cannot be included as part of a traditional IRA; however, it can make for an excellent Roth IRA investment option. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) provide attractive yields and the potential for strong returns.

REITs also pay out dividends that can supplement your retirement income and are usually diversified across industries to reduce risk exposure.

Your Roth IRA should consist primarily of investments in stocks or mutual funds. These can be held individually, as exchange-traded funds (ETFs), or through other vehicles. To broaden your portfolio further, cryptocurrency could also offer potential growth and yield substantial long-term returns; but be wary as investing requires high risk tolerance.

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