Saving money for retirement is a great idea. When it comes to retirement plans, one of the options you have is to start an IRA or Individual Retirement Account. If you have decided to start an IRA, you first have to understand some IRA basics. You have to understand that IRA isn’t the investment itself but rather a retirement account that holds your investments. There are basically three types of IRA namely the traditional IRA, Roth IRA and SIMPLE IRA.