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>>Assuming you are more than 10 years from retirement, Fools would usually suggest that you be 100% in equities.<<

I wouldn't ever go with more than 75-80 percent equities in a retirement portfolio. The extra potential return for that last 20-25 percent in equities isn't worth the volatility. See Benjamin Graham's "The Intelligent Investor" and William Bernstein's "Four Pillars of Investing," among other sources that speak to this. I think this is more "usual" advice, though obviously, one size does not fit all.

A new investor in particular might find a portfolio of 100 percent equities mighty hard to stomach.

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