Unless your accounts are invested exactly the same, you will probably see different returns over the same period of time.
Your Roth might be more aggressively invested that your other retirement accounts (i.e. it might have a higher exposure to stocks than the other accounts). It could be that it has a heavier exposure to a certain sector or industry that was hit harder.
There are any number of reasonable explanations, but it probably just boils down to the Roth being invested differently, and potentially more aggressively, than your other retirement accounts.
The Roth IRA account is most likely to have a higher exposure to stocks, or the stocks that it held are more volatile. While it's hard to see a big drop for one of your retirement accounts, it's good that you still have other retirement accounts with lower risk/better stability. That's the point of diversifying your nest eggs.
Most likely, you have different asset classes in your accounts. For example, Stocks performed differently than Treasury Bonds on Monday of last week. Stocks went down and Treasury Bonds went up in value.
Hi! The advice here is very sound. I’d like to add one thing. Please give a representative at the entity that holds your Roth IRA a call. It sounds like you are paying for an investment advisor or other financial advisor who is helping you manage your accounts. Whether you are holding your Roth IRA at a large institution like Wells Fargo, Fidelity, Vanguard, Scottrade or any of the other big ones or at a small independently owned firm, smart people are sitting by the phone to help YOU, educate YOU, and go over YOUR accounts. Please call them. If on the first call you make you don’t get a friendly, helpful, eager-to-explain representative, just say thank you and call back another time. At a big outfit like Etrade, you are usually going to get an eager, interested, committed young person fresh out of school who wants to show you how much he or she knows and help you understand things. If you are at a small firm, the advisors LIVE for personal contact with their clients – that’s why they went independent – and they want to spend time talking to you and explaining things. Best wishes to you and thanks for writing!
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