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Maximize Your IRA Contributions

Learn how to manage your American Funds traditional or Roth IRA through your online account.

If you own an American Funds traditional or Roth IRA, you can make contributions on our website in several ways.

Note: The IRA contribution limit is $5,500 for 2017 (plus an additional $1,000 if you’re age 50 or older).

Buy Shares

You can buy shares for your IRA with a linked bank account. (If your bank account isn’t linked with your American Funds account, you’ll receive step-by-step instructions when buying fund shares.)

Log in to your account to buy shares.

Exchange Shares

You can also contribute to your IRA by moving money from one or more of the American Funds in which you are currently invested.

Through such exchanges, you can sell shares from an individual or joint account and invest them in an existing IRA. Keep in mind that the IRS considers the sale portion of these transactions a taxable event.

Log in to your account to exchange shares.

It’s a good idea to discuss any financial transactions with a tax advisor or financial professional beforehand. Call us for more information.

Investments are not FDIC-insured, nor are they deposits of or guaranteed by a bank or any other entity, so they may lose value.

Investors should carefully consider investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. This and other important information is contained in the fund prospectuses and summary prospectuses, which can be obtained from a financial professional and should be read carefully before investing.