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I'm 30 yrs old, and have contributed $2,000 to a Vanguard Roth IRA for the past four years. It's vested in the Vanguard 500 Index fund. I've always made the full lump sum contribution right after the first of the year. I have $10,000 in a passbook savings account (liquid assests). My question is: should I go ahead and send in a check for $3,000 for 2002 or should I get the dollar cost average by sending in $250. monthly? Which method would be the best for me? So far I've contibuted $8,000 but the current value is only $7,400.
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