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<< Are you equating index funds to stock index funds? >>

Actually, for the most part I had the S&P Index 500 in mind since this is what is most often referred to by the author and around here as "index funds" along with the way the question was put.

<< Vanguard offers a variety of index funds, not just US stock index funds, but also a REIT index fund, various international index funds, balanced index funds, targeted retirement index funds, and bond index funds. See http://flagship2.vanguard.com/VGApp/hnw/FundsByFundType?View=IndexFunds >>

Yes, I'm well aware of other indexes. I just didn't feel any these other indexes we're what was really being referenced in any way, else I would have expected the question to be phrased a little different. Not knowing the original poster's asset allocation, the response question seemed to eliminate things like balanced index fund and bond index funds.

<< So, for many asset allocation plans, one can use just index funds, and still not be 100% in equities. >>

Yes, that would be correct. . . . and I feel, a very good point.
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