This example assumes contributions of $500 per month, a hypothetical 6% nominal rate of return compounded monthly with an effective return of 6.17%, and a 28% tax bracket for the taxable account. The returns shown are for illustrative purposes only. They are not representative of any particular investment and are not intended to predict the return of any investment, which will fluctuate. Regular investing does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market. Capital gains, exemptions, deductions, and local taxes are not reflected. Certain returns in a taxable account are subject to capital gains tax, which is generally a lower rate than ordinary income tax rate and would make the investment return for the taxable investment more favorable than reflected on the chart. Investors should consider their personal investment horizon and income tax brackets, both current and anticipated, when making an investment decision. These may further impact the results of the comparison.