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I have $5000 that i dont need for the next 3-5 years. im in the military and just got back from deployment and the extra money i dont need right now . What is the best place to put it, to make the most profit on it ?
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You should be 100% in equities. Most people begin with an S&P 500 Index mutual fund such as Vanguard's 500 Index Fund (ticker VFINX). Some prefer total market funds such as Vanguard's VTI.

From there you can make other choices as you gain experience.
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Medic,

Being military, and I understand you have recently returned from deployment, but next time you go out, think about the savings deposit program. Your personnel office could give you the details. You can deposit up to $10K and get a guaranteed return of 10%.
As far as what to currently do with the 5K, I agree with Paul, get into equities, time is on your side. There are some solid Dow stocks that pay good dividends that are fairly safe investments, as far as capital preservation goes. I would look at stocks like MCD, COH, AFL, KO and the like.
Welcome back and glad you made it home safely. Thank you for your service.

Foolishly,
Phil
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<<<I have $5000 that i dont need for the next 3-5 years. im in the military and just got back from deployment and the extra money i dont need right now . What is the best place to put it, to make the most profit on it ?>>>

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thanks for all the advice
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