A Stretch IRA is for investors who will not need their IRA money during their own retirement. While the law does not restrict which tax payers can select the stretch IRA option, the stretch strategy is appropriate only for those individuals who simply need and plan to receive the required minimum withdrawals, taken at the latest time the law allows, without penalty, age 70½.
Risks Involving the Stretch IRA Strategy:
Withdrawals by the account holder or beneficiaries in excess of the required minimum distribution (RMD) will exhaust the account at a faster pace, reducing or eliminating the effectiveness of the stretch strategy. Distributions greater than the RMD could subject the payment to higher federal and possibly state income taxes. When investing assets, which will be used to stretch IRA payments, the investor must be cognizant of any front-end or back-end sales charges that can reduce the assets available. During an extended period of declining investment returns, investors will experience income fluctuations that may cause additional withdrawals to be made that will exhaust the account at a more rapid rate. There can be no guarantee that a Stretch IRA strategy will be advantageous to your specific situation, and many of its benefits are based on current tax laws, which are subject to change. If these laws change in the future, an investors ability to maintain estimated distributions may be affected. Lengthy distribution periods, much like those involved in a Stretch IRA, expose an investor to significant market risk.
Please consult an IRA specialist at 888-522-2388 (option 3) for additional information.
There may be fees, expenses, taxes and penalties associated with early IRA withdrawals.
Lord Abbett will waive (or otherwise pay) the yearly $10.00 custodial fee that would be charged each year on an ongoing basis to every new IRA account and, therefore, will not assess a custodial account fee in 2014 or any year afterward. Fund level fees and expenses are still applicable. Please see the current prospectus.
To comply with Treasury Department regulations, we inform you that, unless otherwise expressly indicated, any tax information contained herein is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties that may be imposed under the Internal Revenue Code or any other applicable tax law, or (ii) promoting, marketing, or recommending to another party any transaction, arrangement, or other matter.