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Okay, I admit it. I'm a novice investor and very confused. On the one hand, given educated stock purchases, even in a bear market or a correction, I can see my retirement nest egg building considerably. On the other hand, I worry about market highs and lows wiping out my retirement savings, leaving me to ponder my poor choices.

I was at Mutual Funds Interactive (www.fundsinteractive.com) the other day, and - surprise, surprise! - they are pretty bullish on mutual funds over the long term (though I did see a number of discussions on their boards about market timing in funds, to make things more confusing).

Am I better off with one mode of investing versus the other, or should I have a portfolio with a mix of stocks and funds, and perhaps some bonds thrown in for income. Any ideas? Thanks. - Not-quite-foolish
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