Traditional IRA

Lower your taxable income while you save for retirement

Contributions to a Traditional Individual Retirement Account (IRA) may be tax deductible, and earnings can grow tax-deferred until you withdraw them during retirement.

Best if you

  • Want to lower your taxable income while saving for retirement
  • Can claim your contributions as tax deductions
  • Expect to be in a lower income tax bracket when you retire


  • Annual contributions may be tax deductible
  • Earnings grow tax deferred
  • Contributions can be made throughout the current year and up to the federal tax filing deadline
  • Take advantage of a wide variety of investment options

Not convinced yet?

Traditional IRAs have unique features that you won't find in any other retirement plan.

Understand the fine print

For a Traditional IRA, the rules for making contributions or withdrawals vary depending on your age.

  • If you're younger than 50, you may contribute up to $6,000, or 100% of your taxable compensation for the year, whichever is less.
  • If you're age 50 to 70 (not including the year you turn 70½), you can contribute up to $7,000, or 100% of eligible compensation, whichever is less.
  • If you're younger than 59½, you can make early withdrawals without penalty for first-time home purchase up to $10,000, qualified education expenses, death or disability, unreimbursed medical expenses and/or health insurance if you're unemployed.
  • If you're 59½ or older, all withdrawals are allowed without penalty.

Keep tabs on your account

Use U by BB&T®, our customizable online and mobile banking experience, to monitor all your accounts.

  • View your BB&T and non-BB&T accounts and balances together for a complete view of your finances
  • Skip the phone call and schedule an appointment with your BB&T banker online
  • Take control of your finances—see your net worth, get your credit score, evaluate your spending and set financial goals

Whether your priorities include retirement, education, security, a life event, legacy planning—or all of these—BB&T Investments has solutions to help you reach your goals.

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