Roth IRA accounts grew at more than double the rate of traditional IRAs between 2010-2012, according to analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

The median increase for Roth IRAs was 16.6 percent, compared to 7.9 percent for traditional individual accounts.

According to the EBRI analysis, a major factor in the difference was the larger percentage of Roth owners making contributions each year than they did in traditional accounts. New contributions made up a larger percentage in growth in Roth IRAs because, on average, their account balances are smaller.

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