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You've recieved good advice so far, but I'll add my $0.02.

In addition to the contengency/emergency fund, don't forget about disability insurance.

Also, the one thing I'd do over if I was 20 years younger, I'd pick the 10-15 dividend paying stocks I have now and just keep reinvesting the dividends and planning on living off the dividends in retirement. That helps with not worrying about day to day, or even month to month or year to year market volatility.

Outside of that, index funds in domestic & foreign stocks, REITS, and a total bond fund is an easy solution.

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