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So I hear I should be putting my 401(k) investments into an index fund; our plan offers two - a mid-size and a large cap fund; any benefits / downside to either?


It's like comparing apples and oranges. You need both to diversify. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. What is your asset allocation plan?
2. How long do you have to invest?
3. What other investments do you own? Would you be duplicating something that you already own with one or the other?

A good place to start answering some of these questions is the link below.

I see that this is your first post...welcome. Perhaps you could post back and let us know some specifics. What funds are you being offered? What else do you own? Any specifics you can give us about your situation will help us to help you better.

My last (and standard) suggestion is to pick up the book "Mutual Funds for Dummies." It's an excellent resource for novice investors.

Again, welcome to the Fool.

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