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Subject: Re: Disability, Estate Money & Investing Date: 3/7/2001 9:16 PM
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The best way to invest when the markets are uncertain is to invest in stocks, but not all at once. Instead, divide the money into at least 3 portions (or say $10K portions depending on amounts involved), put most of the money in something like CDs or a bond fund. Then at regular intervals--once a month or once a quarter (you choose) you invest an additional portion until 1) you are satisfied that the worst is over for stocks or 2) all of the money is invested.

This procedure gives you dollar cost averaging--for low overall cost position in the investments, and avoids the potential to pick one high price day to invest all the funds. Of course there are a few hassles and lots of paperwork associated with all of this. You will have to decide if its worth it for you.
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