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I have decided to accept an early retirement package even though I'm 54. I hope to augement my retirement with some employment but in the meantime I will be recieving proceeds from stock options. My question is what kind of investments should I make that will both give me a safe return and at the same time provide some growth?

My question for you, JCM, is what you have done to educate yourself on this whole topic before posting your question. I notice that it's your very first Motley Fool message. The question you ask is a good one, but it's not one to which you should expect a simple or short answer, because, in fact, that's what ALL of this stuff here at The Motley Fool is all about -- investments that will produce a reliable, growing return.

If you haven't done it, go to TMF Home, and start reading, check out the Foolish 4 as a basic cornerstone investment strategy. The Motely Fool Investment Guide is one of the best books for introducing yourself to the whole subject raised by your question.

Above all else, be patient. Add a little persistence.

And congratulations, by the way. I'm a couple years older and looking forward also to retiring in the not too distant future. I've been educating myself on these topics for just over 18 months; wish I'd done it 20 years earlier, but it's never too late.

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