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Hawk I don't mean to be flip here, but a 4 stock portfolio for retirement sucks. (In 1960 someone might have picked 4 stocks including say General Motors, Xerox and duPont. Been a bad 40 year run on those. Just a couple of thoughts about what could happen to you.

There was this little problem a few years back call the Exxon Valdez -- could happen again. Maybe Exxon is prosecuted for some price fixing.

Caterpillar is a manufacturing company - what happens if they get in serious labor trouble - could be a strike, could be they sign a contract with labor costs that are suddenly too high.

Yum Brands and Nestles are food companies - food consumption growth long term equals population growth plus what they can take from other food producers.

I understand not having a complex portfolio in retirement. Sooner or later you will not be able to handle it. (That is not a problem if you die immediately after you can't handle it. But it is a big problem if say you have deminished mental abilities for a decade or two.) I have choosen to put my money into some mutual funds. I may be wrong, but my feeling is the next 20 years are going to have less growth then the last 20 - so I am opting for professional money management.

Gordon
Atlanta
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