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Is Investing In A Roth or Traditional IRA the NEW Millionaire Shortcut?

man throwing money in the air excited that he invested in an IRA

In this episode of "Financial Advisors Say the Darndest Things," host AB Ridgeway explores the potential of Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) in helping individuals achieve millionaire status. While many Americans seek security in retirement through IRAs, AB delves into whether solely relying on them can lead to millionaire status. Through insightful analysis and examples, AB provides practical advice and alternative strategies for retirement planning.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understanding IRAs: AB breaks down the basics of Individual Retirement Accounts, highlighting their tax-deferred nature and eligibility criteria. He emphasizes the importance of consulting with a tax professional to maximize the benefits of IRAs.

  2. Limitations of IRAs: Despite their popularity, IRAs have contribution limits that may hinder individuals from accumulating the desired retirement savings. AB illustrates the potential shortfall in retirement funds solely relying on IRA contributions.

  3. Investment Strategies: AB discusses the role of investment returns in IRA growth, emphasizing the need for prudent investment strategies. He cautions against overly speculative investments and unrealistic expectations of high returns.

  4. Holistic Retirement Planning: Becoming a millionaire in retirement requires a holistic approach beyond IRA contributions. AB encourages listeners to consider diverse sources of income, expenses in retirement, and tangible goals beyond financial wealth.

  5. Integration of Faith and Finances: AB emphasizes the spiritual aspect of financial planning, urging listeners to align their financial goals with their faith values. He introduces AB Ridgeway Wealth Management as a Christian financial firm dedicated to providing holistic financial guidance.


  1. "Life is about living."

  2. "The security of money is a false security, but the security of God is eternal."

  3. "God doesn't want your money, he wants your piety."

Prayer: Dear Lord, grant us the wisdom and discernment to steward our finances wisely. Help us understand that true security comes from our faith in You, not from material wealth. Guide us in setting financial goals that align with Your will, and bless us with the discipline to achieve them. May we use our resources to glorify You and bless others in need. Amen.

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About Financial Advisors Say The Darndest Things Podcast:

As Christians, we were taught to be good stewards over our tithing and giving to the less fortunate. But when it came to our personal finances and investing we were left clueless on what the Bible says. What does the Bible say about managing debt, leaving a legacy, investing, and planning for your retirement? Mr. Christian Finance answers these and many other questions because we want to teach you how to become rich and righteous!

Meet A.B. Ridgeway:

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A.B. Ridgeway, MBA ( is the owner and Christian Financial Advisor with A.B. Ridgeway Wealth Management. With a decade in the finance industry, his goal is to give believers clarity around the most confusing topic in the Bible, money, and tithing. A.B. Ridgeway helps tithing Christians become cheerful givers but unlocking their money-making potential, so they can prosper and be the great stewards of the wealth God has entrusted them with.

*Disclaimer: This communication is not intended as an offer or solicitation to buy, hold or sell any financial instrument or investment advisory services. Any information provided has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee the accuracy or the completeness of any description of securities, markets or developments mentioned. This is strictly for information purposes. We recommend you speak with a professional financial advisor.

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