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Hey Ellen--

Just MHO, not a financial advisor or anything, but if you do choose an index stock fund for any of your money, I would consider investing periodically over time (dollar cost averaging). Let's say you buy the view that the S&P 500 (or any other broad market index) is overvalued right now: If you bought some each month for a while, you wouldn't have to be that concerned.

Just some thoughts from someone who rolled over his 401(k) of about the amount you have in 2000 when he joined the Fool, invested it all in stocks RIGHT AWAY, and wishes he'd done some averaging, and knew better...

A Foolish plug: I'll bet the folks at Ayco, our TMF Money ADvisor partner, would be able to add some thinking on this. http://www.fool.com/ma/index.htm?ref=topnav

Fool on,
Tom9
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