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Subject:  Asset Allocation Date:  8/14/2005  4:17 PM
Author:  MaryGoodnight Number:  13199 of 36328

I'm in my mid-40s, hoping to retire or move to a part time job within the next 5 years, give or take.

I've always been a stock market investor, with a small amount in I-Bonds and an emergency fund in a bank money market account.

I now find myself in a position of needing to reallocate my investment portfolio to include fixed income investments as I get closer to retirement.

I did not notice a FAQ section for this board - so I thought I'd ask for any advice here I can get.

I am not so much concerned about the percentage of my portfolio in bonds and fixed income investments as I am about which ones to choose from for obviously the best combination of income weighed against risk.

If anyone can point me toward a personal favorite post from the past, that would also be appreciated.

Also, a co-worker recommends closed end income funds. Any second opinions?

Thank you, MG

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