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Greetings, Jay, and welcome. You asked:

<<I am close to retirement.I will have over $50,000 in bonds maturing shortly.Also I am new to the Fool portfolios.Which portfolio should I follow? This money is only a small portion of my retirement portfolio.If want to invest in the rule breaker or maker porfolio,then which stocks should I buy and what percentage?In otherwords how does one enter into these porfolios?Do I wait until a new recommendation is made.>>

The leap from bonds to stocks is a fairly big step, particularly for someone who has but a marginal understanding of the portfolio that will be selected. Before you do anything, you should ensure you fully understand what you're getting into. The portfolios and how to begin them are fully explained in their various areas of Fooldom. I recommend you read up on them first before you make the leap.

I assume you're new to both Fooldom and to investing. That's great on both counts! You have wandered into a forum that believes you, as an individual, can do far better for yourself than most professional money managers. Provided, that is, you take some time to learn a few basic investment concepts and do some self-examination to see where you fit on the risk tolerance scale. Therefore, why not take some time now -- not later -- to be sure about what you want to do. Start first by reading The 13 Steps to Investing Foolishly, which you can access from the main, opening screen to The Motley Fool. They will suggest some important things you should consider. Then I suggest you toddle over to your local library, discount bookstore, or even here in the Fool Mart, and pick up some easily read, easily understood, inexpensive texts that will thoroughly explain how to invest in stocks using some simple systems that will take but an hour per year of your time (if you're slow) yet produce returns that put the majority of professional money managers to shame. I suggest and commend the following to you: "Beating the Dow" by O'Higgins; "The Dividend Investor" by Petty and Knowles; "The Motley Fool Investment Guide" by the Gardner brothers; "One Up on Wall Street" by Lynch; and "What Works on Wall Street" by O'Shaughnessey. All are well worth their low cost and the small investment in time it takes to read them. Get them and read them. You'll be glad you did.

While you're doing all that, also take some time to explore the various nooks and crannies of Fooldom to see what others are doing and what they're discussing. I also recommend you read my 13 Steps to Foolish Retirement Planning at this link: How to Retire in Style and my Foolish Retirement Plan Primer at that link. Both will give you some insight as to what you can do. In the process of all that reading, you'll gain a wealth of knowledge and information that will serve to clarify how you want to approach this very personal issue. Don't be afraid to ask a question anywhere in Fooldom. Folks around here are great about answering questions and clearing up misunderstandings.

Regards.......Pixy
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