There are many 401ks out there managed by many different companies. When the management company receives money from the investor (directly out of our paychecks), they invest it for us along with additional
IRA stands for “Individual Retirement Account.” Like a 401k, this tax-deferred (meaning the money is taxed upon removal only) savings plan was created by the IRS.
An IRA (defined in “What Is an IRA”) has many benefits, when you can put as much money into the plan as possible without going into debt to support yourself at your current income level.
While there is some method behind the magic of retirement accounts, the phenomenal growth of your savings may seem mystical without too much of your own doing.