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Subject:  Input from Fools Date:  8/20/1999  5:21 PM
Author:  drking Number:  13302 of 88033

My parents, who are in their early 70s and in excellent health, have recently come into about $200K, and have asked me to help them invest those funds. They have very little financial savvy, and will need an approach that requires minimal participation on their part. They need a little income from the investment and are seeking to grow the principal fairly safely. Their main goal is to preserve this money as an inheritance for my brother and I, although my bro and I think this money should be used by our parents for a (more) comfortable retirement.

I am thinking about suggesting that they divide the money into thirds and invest it as follows: 1/3 in an income fund like Fidelity High-Income (I know, I know, but they really need ease of use), 1/3 in an S&P 500 fund, and 1/3 in the Foolish Four.

Any thoughts on this allocation would be greatly appreciated.

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