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Hello Dartel. As usual, what you decide to do...depends. I mean, looking at the investments you already have, how will your 401k's funds fit in with what you already have? What are you trying to acomplish with these funds? Are you trying to fill in the holes with a particular asset style you don't invest in yet? You mentioned the IShares you're already invested in, they are IVE- the value portion of the S&P 500, IJJ- the value portion of the S&P Midcap 400/BARRA index and IJS- the value portion of the S&P Small-cap 600/BARRA index. I see a trend leaning towards value in small, mid and large cap equities. So, if you invest in the S&P 500 index fund, you'll then further increase your allocation to the value stocks of the S&P 500, while adding the rest of the stocks in the S&P 500 that are classified as growth stocks. Make sure you understand how each investment plays with the others, so to speak.

My move would be to research several of these funds to see if I could find some that wouldn't overlap the asset styles I already have, like a growth fund (but you may wish to avoid small-cap growth index funds, if that's what your option is, as this has historically been the worst equity class, as discussed here: and here: ), a foreign fund or a bond fund. These are just my opinions though.


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