A Roth IRA (Individual Retirement Account) is one of the most popular ways to save for retirement, featuring:

  • tax-free distributions if withdrawn after age 59½ and the account has been open five years or more
  • contributions (not earnings) can be withdrawn tax and penalty-free at any time
  • $1 million exclusion from bankruptcy

Unlike a Traditional IRA, Roth IRA contributions are not tax-deductible.


You can contribute at any age as long as your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) meets the following limitations (for 2014):

  • full contribution if MAGI is less than
    $114,000 (single) or $181,000 (joint)
  • partial contribution if MAGI is less than
    $129,000 (single) or $191,000 (joint)


You have the flexibility to invest your Roth IRA funds in non-FDIC insured options or in an FDIC insured CD.

For potentially higher returns consider investing. If you want FDIC Insurance, you may want to consider a Frost CD.

Non-FDIC Insured

  • mutual funds
  • stocks
  • bonds
  • annuities


  • CDs

CDs have no annual fee for the Roth IRA and no account fee for the CD.

Fees vary for non-FDIC insured options. Contact one of our Frost Wealth Advisors by calling (888) 268-9202 for more details.


The maximum annual contribution to a Roth IRA is the lesser of $5,500 for tax year 2014 or 100% of compensation. For those individuals who are 50 or older at the end of the taxable year, an additional catch-up contribution of $1,000 may be made.

Contributions aren't tax deductible and are made with after-tax dollars.


You can withdraw contributions at any time free of tax and penalty. Earnings are income tax free if you've held the account for over five years and you are 59 1/2 or older.

You may be charged a 10% IRS early withdrawal fee if you withdraw earnings before the age of 59½, with the following exceptions:

  • disability
  • qualified first-time home purchase ($10,000 lifetime limit)
  • qualified higher-education expenses
  • qualified military reservist
  • medical expenses in excess of 7.5% of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI)
  • health insurance premiums if unemployed for 12 consecutive weeks
  • substantially equal payments made over life expectancy
  • death