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Subject: Re: My semi-retired friend Date: 1/22/2000 4:32 PM
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>>She is not going to touch the principal, but her 200,000 is worth less now... (she didn't think this would happen with
Bond funds).<<

Bond values always go in reverse of interest rate- and we've had a few hikes in the last year or so. So, that's normal that the value of her bond funds would diminish.

>>Is there a better way for her to put the remaining principal into say, stocks only, which would allow her to generate that
king of monthly $900 (or better)which would be sent to her in the mail?<<

She could put together a portfolio of utilities, REITs, and preferred stocks with scattered payment dates- resulting in "a check-a month." However, she may have to tolerate more volitility of principal- even though she might also increase her chances of better capital appreciation. I hope this helps.
Eddie
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