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How to open a traditional IRA on the managed account platform

How to open a traditional IRA on the managed account platform

A traditional individual retirement account (IRA) may be opened on the Managed Account Select® ( "Select" Tooltip ), Managed Account Access® ( "Access" Tooltip ), or Managed Account Marketplace® ( "Marketplace" Tooltip ) platforms. As with IRAs in non-managed accounts, contributions grow tax-deferred.

If your client already has an existing managed account on file and would like to open additional managed accounts with identical registration, refer to the How to add an additional managed account, or change or terminate a money manager article.

You can open traditional IRAs for clients who are new to Select, Access, or Marketplace using eAuthorization for Digital Onboarding.

To open a traditional IRA on the managed account platform, you will need:

Required

  • Firm name, contact information, and managed account master
  • Name of the money manager firm and investment strategy
  • Account holder's name, home address, identification number Tooltip , birth date, telephone numbers, citizenship status, employment status, and occupation; and the employer's name, business address Tooltip , and business phone number
  • Beneficiary's name, relationship, Social Security number or taxpayer identification number, birth date, and consent of spouse, if applicable
  • "Funding" Tooltip for the account (meeting required account minimums) through an internal transfer (journal) entry, a transfer of assets (using eligible securities), or a check deposit
  • Adobe® Reader® or Adobe Acrobat® 7.0 or higher (download the latest version on the Adobe website)
  • The version number of the disclosure documents (located in the Managed Account Select Overview or Managed Account Access Overview tabs). If using eAuthorization for Digital Onboarding, this is built in.
  • Managed Account Services™ Disclosure Package date (located in the Managed Account Select Overview or Managed Account Access Overview tabs). If using eAuthorization for Digital Onboarding, this is built in.
  • Financial details and investment restrictions

 

Conditional

Opening a funding accountFirm's non-managed account master
Funding the account through an internal transfer (journal) entryClient's Schwab account number

If any authorized individual or control person is:

  • Affiliated with or employed by a stock exchange
  • A member firm of an exchange or FINRA
  • A municipal securities broker-dealer and Rule 3210 applies
A FINRA Rule 3210 Consent Letter
Managed account uses an investment strategy trading options
  • Options authorization using a completed Options Trading and Margin Application
  • On the Select or Access requirements and disclosure documents table, investment strategies using options will have an options note in the Additional Information section
Adding the account to an existing quarterly trade confirmation report subscriptionThe Schwab account number(s) in the existing subscription
Account holder chooses a "per stirpes" or "per capita" beneficiary designationA completed Beneficiary Designation Form (IRA Change Beneficiary/IRA Update Beneficiary)
Using DocuSign to submit forms
  • For existing Schwab clients, a complete Schwab Advisor Center® profile with the account holder's current email address and mobile phone number
  • For new-to-Schwab clients, the email address and a mobile phone number
  • All clients must use either Alliance Authentication (only available when starting the envelope within Schwab Advisor Center), or, both text message (SMS) authentication and Knowledge Based Authentication (KBA) for DocuSign (available in both Schwab Advisor Center and the DocuSign Console)
Electing to group Schwab accounts for fee calculation purposesAffected Schwab account numbers
Securities are used to fund the account and are missing cost basisCompleted Cost Basis Edit Form

Required

  • Firm name, contact information, and managed account master
  • Name of the money manager firm and investment strategy
  • Account holder's name, home address, identification number Tooltip , birth date, telephone numbers, citizenship status, employment status, and occupation; and the employer's name, business address Tooltip , and business phone number
  • Beneficiary's name, relationship, Social Security number or taxpayer identification number, birth date, and consent of spouse, if applicable
  • "Funding" Tooltip for the account (meeting required account minimums) through an internal transfer (journal)entry, a transfer of assets (using eligible securities), or a check deposit
  • Adobe® Reader® or Adobe Acrobat® 7.0 or higher (download the latest version on the Adobe website)
  • The money manager's master account (obtained from the money manager)

 

Conditional

Opening a funding accountFirm's non-managed account master
Funding the account through an internal transfer (journal) entryClient's Schwab account number

If any authorized individual or control person is:

  • Affiliated with or employed by a stock exchange
  • A member firm of an exchange or FINRA
  • A municipal securities broker-dealer and Rule 3210 applies
A FINRA Rule 3210 Consent Letter
Managed account uses an investment strategy trading options
  • Options authorization using a completed Options Trading and Margin Application
  • On the Select or Access requirements and disclosure documents table, investment strategies using options will have an options note in the Additional Information section
Adding the account to an existing quarterly trade confirmation report subscriptionThe Schwab account number(s) in the existing subscription
Account holder chooses a "per stirpes" or "per capita" beneficiary designationA completed Beneficiary Designation Form IRA Change Beneficiary/IRA Update Beneficiary
Using DocuSign to submit forms
  • For existing Schwab clients, a complete Schwab Advisor Center® profile with the account holder's current email address and mobile phone number
  • For new-to-Schwab clients, the email address and a mobile phone number
  • All clients must use Alliance Authentication (only available when starting the envelope within Schwab Advisor Center) or both text message (SMS) authentication and Knowledge Based Authentication (KBA) for DocuSign (available in both Schwab Advisor Center and the DocuSign Console)
Uses TAMPTurnkey asset management provider (TAMP) and managed account master
Uses asset-based pricingsAsset-based pricing schedule name
The investment strategy does not trade options, but the money manager is approved to trade optionsAn approval letter from the money manager acknowledging that options are associated with the account

To open a managed account using eAuthorization:  

  1. Go to the Account Management tab and choose the Open and fund an account button under the Digital workflows header.
  2. You will see a screen listing all the account types that can be completed with the digital onboarding workflow. Click Open and Fund an account.
  3. Select the client(s) you are opening the account for so they can be added to the digital envelope. You can also add a new-to Schwab client. Once the client(s) has been added, proceed to the next step.
  4. Select or confirm the master account. You will have to choose your Select, Access, or Marketplace master for the managed account options to populate. 
    Note: Eligible authorizations tied to the selected FA master (such as options trading, wrap fee billing) will automatically be available for the digital envelope. If you do not see Managed Account options as a selection after choosing a master account, your firm has not signed the necessary agreements. Please see How to set up a managed account master.
    • For Marketplace: Click Yes, from Managed Account Marketplace® under Will you be assigning a money manager for separately managed accounts. Add the money manager and investment strategy, then choose from the available account types. Check the checkbox to link BT or SL master accounts, then click View/Edit to select the accounts that should have access. 
    • For Select/Access: Select the appropriate program (Select or Access) under Which managed account program will you use? Add the money manager and investment strategy, then choose from the available account types.
  5. Assign the primary and additional account holder roles, adding more account holders as needed. Choose the additional features you want to add to the account. You will make these selections for each account to be included in the digital envelope. 
  6. If you are opening only one account in the digital envelope, you will proceed to the account features and preferences step. If you want to add more accounts to the envelope, click the Add another account link. 
    • For each account in the envelope, you will repeat the previous steps of selecting the master account, account type, account holder roles, and features and funding options. 
  7. Next you will complete the required information and select features for each account you have added including trading and disbursement authorizations, management fees, and other important information about the account. 
    Note: For Select and Access accounts, management fees and issuer communications will default and cannot be amended.
  8. On the next screen, you will review the managed account details and if you are using a trading master account choose whether advisor authorization to add, change, or remove a money manager should be added to the account. Non-trading masters will not get this option. 
  9. On the review screen, validate all the account information and click continue. 
  10. Add any advisor documents for client signature and/or review and proceed to the next step.
  11. Finalize and review the envelope. Select whether you would like to receive status notifications and if you’d like to review the envelope before submitting to Schwab. Once reviewed, send to client. 
  12. You will receive a confirmation screen. Choose whether to open another account, return to Account Management or go to the manage Schwab envelopes page. 
  13. For next steps see the What can my client expect? and What's Next? section of How to use digital onboarding for eAuthorization.
     

eAuthorization is the fastest and preferred method for account opening. To open a managed account using paper forms, see information below. 

  1. Go to the Forms library on Schwab Advisor Center and select the forms below that apply to your managed account.
  2. Click Select and then open the form using your preferred submission method.

    Select or Access managed accounts
    • Managed Account Select/Access IRA Application
    • Options Trading and Margin Application (if the chosen investment strategy uses options)
    Marketplace managed accounts
    • Managed Account Marketplace IRA Application
    • Asset Based Pricing Addendum to Account Applications and Agreements (if applicable)
    • Options Trading and Margin Application (if the chosen investment strategy uses options)
    Marketplace managed accounts using TAMPs
    • Managed Account Marketplace TAMP IRA Application
    • Asset Based Pricing Addendum to Account Applications and Agreements (if applicable)
    • Options Trading and Margin Application (if the chosen investment strategy uses options)
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the Beneficiary Designation Form (IRA Change Beneficiary/IRA Update Beneficiary) and Cost Basis Edit Form, if those forms apply.
  4. Complete the forms and obtain client signatures:
    • For DocuSign eligible forms, see How to use DocuSign.
    • For forms not eligible for DocuSign, print the form(s) and obtain signatures from each account holder. Send the signed forms to Schwab Managed Account Operations via a Schwab Advisor Center service request.

      East CoastWest Coast
      Fax: 877-828-1176Fax: 877-815-3479
      Regular mail:
      Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
      Attn: Managed Account Operations
      P.O. Box 2380
      Omaha, NE 68103
      Regular mail:
      Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
      Attn: Managed Account Operations
      P.O. Box 982603
      El Paso, TX 79998-2603
      Overnight mail:
      Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
      Attn: Managed Account Operations 
      200 S 108th Ave
      Omaha, NE 68154
      Overnight mail:
      Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
      Attn: Managed Account Operations
      1945 Northwestern Drive
      El Paso, TX 79912-1108

Once you have submitted your traditional IRA request:

  • If the account was opened using eAuthorization for Digital Onboarding, see the What can my client expect? and What's Next section of How to use digital onboarding for eAuthorization.
  • If submitted forms using DocuSign, see the What's next? section of How to use DocuSign.
  • Schwab will notify you with an alert when the account is opened, usually within three business days after Schwab receives the forms. Schwab may contact you for additional documentation or information after completing an initial review. Forms with missing information, signatures, or dates can result in processing delays.
  • Your firm receives an alert when the account is opened and restricted. The restricted account can be funded; however, Schwab's recommendation is to wait until after the initial account has completed the customer verification process Tooltip so that funds are available to the client.
  • Select and Access accounts must be funded to meet the money manager's account minimum; if this has not been met, then the money manager will not be added to the Schwab account.
  • If you have been granted Add, Change, or Terminate a Manager Authorization by the account holder, and you would like to delay the designation of a money manager, you have 180 days from the date the form is signed to provide Schwab with the designated money manager's information. If you provide Schwab with the necessary information within that time period, Schwab will open the account and provide the designated money manager(s) authorizations for the account, as outlined in the account agreement.
  • The account holder should consult with their tax advisor if they have any questions about taxability or filing.
  • If you have questions about opening a traditional IRA on the managed account platform, contact Managed Account Operations at 877-595-6345 or via a Schwab Advisor Center service request.

Go to the Forms library on Schwab Advisor Center and select the forms below.

Form: Cost Basis Edit Form
Form: Managed Account Asset Based Pricing Addendum to Account Applications and Agreements
Form: Managed Account Marketplace IRA Application
Form: Managed Account Marketplace TAMP IRA Application
Form: Managed Account Select/Access IRA Application
Form: Power of Attorney (Individual POA)
Resource: Money Managers tab
Resource: Managed Account Access Overview tab
Resource: Managed Account Select Overview tab
Resource: Managed Account Select® and Managed Account Access® Strategies
Resource: Managed Account Solutions Brochure

 

Is there a minimum amount required to open a traditional IRA in a managed account?
Yes. Unlike traditional IRAs opened in a brokerage account, managed accounts have required minimums for opening the account. You can find the required account minimums for Select on the Managed Account Select Overview tab and for Access accounts on the Managed Account Access Overview tab on Schwab Advisor Center.

For Marketplace accounts, please contact the money manager directly to determine if an account minimum is required.

Are traditional IRA contributions in a managed account tax-deductible?
In this regard, a contribution to a managed account IRA is not different from an IRA in a regular brokerage account. Whether the account holder's contribution is tax-deductible depends on their income level.

When is the deadline to fund a traditional IRA and apply contributions to a specific tax year?
For tax deadlines, the account holder should consult with their tax advisor.

Can my client contribute to a Roth IRA and a traditional IRA in the same year?
Yes. However, the total contribution cannot exceed the annual contribution limit (including catch-up contributions). If your client is ineligible to make the full contribution to the Roth due to the client's modified adjusted gross income, the remaining amount can be contributed to the traditional IRA.

Can I open a managed account traditional IRA on behalf of a minor?
Yes. Refer to the How to open a custodial IRA page for more information on opening an IRA for the benefit of a minor and then talk to a member of Managed Account Operations.

What is the difference between a rollover IRA and a contributory IRA?
These names describe how the assets are deposited in the retirement account. A contributory IRA, also known as a traditional IRA, is generally opened as an account to make annual contributions. A rollover IRA is also a traditional IRA and is generally opened as an account to permit the tax-free movement of assets from a qualified retirement account, such as a 401(k). It is designed for individuals who have retired or terminated employment, or for employees whose company has terminated its retirement plan and who want to preserve the ability to roll these assets back into another employer plan at a later date.

What if a money manager has not been designated on a managed account within 180 days?
The account holder will be required to submit a new form to open the account.

Can any type of account be opened as a managed account?
No. Managed accounts at Schwab cannot be opened for estate accounts, including guardianships and conservatorships. A Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account® is eligible for Marketplace only. Please note that due to the Security and Exchange Commission's "pay to play" rule, a non-federal  government entity Tooltip is eligible for Marketplace but not for Select or Access. Account features may be limited for certain types of managed accounts. If you have questions about eligible registration types and features for managed accounts, contact Managed Account Operations at 877-595-6345 or via a Schwab Advisor Center service request.

How to convert a non-managed account to the managed account platform
How to deposit securities
How to open a custodial IRA
How to open a Roth IRA on the managed account platform
How to open a traditional IRA
How to select investment strategies for managed accounts
How to setup a managed account master
How to use DocuSign®
Introduction to managed accounts
Introduction to traditional IRAs

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