By Richard Loth

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If planning for your retirement has got you confused, you're not alone! There is no doubting the fact that many Americans have trouble distinguishing between the various flavors of retirement plans. Whether you don't know a thing about your retirement planning options, or if you simply can't distinguish between an IRA and Roth IRA, you've come to the right place. In this special feature, Investopedia retirement guru Denise Appleby takes visitors on a tour through the most common retirement plans, and shows how you go about establishing each plan, funding it, and then eventually taking distributions from the plan.

  1. 1)Traditional IRAs

  2. 2)Roth IRAs

  3. 3)SEP IRAs

  4. 4)SIMPLE IRAs

  5. 5) Qualified Plans (including profit sharing, and 401(k) plans)

  6. 6)403(b) Accounts

  7. 7)529 Plans

  8. 8)Education Savings Account