Investing isn't just about what stocks to buy; you also have to know where to buy them. Making the most of tax-favored retirement accounts like Roth IRAs is crucial in saving the most you can for your retirement.

In the following video, Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool's director of investment planning, takes a closer look at how to find smart stocks to buy for your Roth IRA. Dan notes that Roth IRAs give you tax-free treatment on dividends and capital gains from your investments, making it smart to look for the stocks that will provide maximum growth in your portfolio.

To give an example, Dan talks about the 3-D printing industry and how mixing established players 3D Systems and Stratasys with up-and-coming players Organovo Holdings and voxeljet  in a Roth can give you the benefits of strong growth from whichever companies ends up winning in the space while letting you sell out of slower growers without worrying about tax consequences. In addition, Dan points out that even Apple could make a reasonable Roth IRA choice, with deep-value appeal and sheltered dividends making an attractive combination.


Dan concludes that you don't want to have losers in a Roth, but speculative plays are sometimes worth considering if the high-growth potential they have outweighs the risk involved.

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When it comes to choosing smart stocks for your Roth IRA, your best investment strategy is to buy shares in solid businesses and keep them for the long term. In the special free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich," The Motley Fool shares investment ideas and strategies that could help you build wealth for years to come. Click here to grab your free copy today.

The article Smart Stocks to Buy for Your Roth IRA originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Dan Caplinger owns shares of Apple. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of 3D Systems, Apple, and Stratasys and has options on 3D Systems. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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