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"when I do retire I'd like to have a better dividend stream of income"

With that idea in mind, Dan, it is certainly a good time to get started with some of your funds. You can get some experience and perhaps learn a bit before you are forced to rely on those funds.

A laddered maturity bond portfolio is usually considered the safest way to fund your retirement income needs. Fools usually recommend a 5 yr ladder composed of 5 years of living expenses as a minimum (though some choose to go larger).

You can factor dividend stocks into this too. Those with a history of increasing their dividends help you keep up with inflation. Yes, low stock prices makes it a good time to get started with higher yields.
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