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Asked by Camilla 9/16/12

How much should you save every month in your Roth IRA?

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Answered by Matthew Malone 9/17/12
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It depends on your financial situation. Many financial planners will tell you to build an emergency fund, equal to three to six months pay, before saving for retirement. Others favor a combined approach. Either way, you shouldn’t go into debt for the sake of saving in a Roth. The interest will almost always be more than you can expect to earn on the IRA. And all of us are subject to annual contribution limits, currently $5,000 in 2012 ($6,000 for those 50 and older).