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Your strategy should depend on your risk tolerance. The general Foolish position is that one should invest money not needed for five years in the stock market. A more conservative investor might use seven or ten years as a guideline. I am 10-15 years from retirement, and my retirement funds are fully invested in the stock market. Having said that, there have been lengthy periods of time when bonds outperformed stocks (i.e. 1966-1982). Another option that I use is an "Equity Income" type option, if your plan offers it. An example would be Fidelity Equity Income, which invests in large dividend-paying stocks.
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