Well, when faced with a large number of choices, you have to do something to narrow the field - like putting them into comparableboxes and then comparing the expense ratios of the ones in thesame "box" and throwing out the ones that charge a bunch.Another option is to compare turnover ratios.The "Lifepath" approach tends to tell you what someone else thinks about portfolio diversification - and fits you where they think you should be.sometimes, you have to look at your own needs and your ownviews about money. Would you lose sleep if your 401K lostvalues over a year? Do you worry about volatility?What this leads to is a recommendation that few folks reallywant to hear - you need to read the prospectus of the optionsand compare what they say they do to invest and comparethat with you're own views and personality. I will say that Dodge and Cox has a good reputation.Vangard and Fidelity have a lot of fans.Columbia has some funds with good results but I worry about cost ratios.Howie52Disclosure - I own Columbia Acorn Fund via the old Acorn Fundbeing taken over a while back. The older fund was a "No Load" fundwhich Columbia ain't. I would not recommend any "loaded" fundbut in the 401K world, I do not think you will find any otheroptions.
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