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In her junior year in college, Kim’s grandmother dies and leaves Kim several thousand dollars. Kim wants to put some of the money she received from her grandmother into a retirement account. Given Kim’s young age and status as a full-time college student, what would be her best option?
A. Traditional IRA
B. Roth IRA
C. SIMPLE IRA
D. None of the choices listed
Answer: D. You can only contribute earned income to an IRA or tax-deferred retirement plan and so unless Kim has earned income, she cannot contribute to a tax-deferred retirement plan. A SIMPLE IRA, which stands for Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees, is an employer-sponsored retirement plan and not available to individuals.