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I would second the motion to start by signing up for the targeted retirement fund to get things rolling.

Vanguard Target Retirement 2045 VTIVX 0306

Then start with the Fuskie method -or similar from a reliable source (no not saying Fuskie is not realiable, just you may have another source that floats your boat)
1) Dividend Yield.
2) Expense Ratio.
3) Management Tenure.
4) Turnover.
5) Morningstar rating.
6) Weighted Return.
7) Projected Year-End Yield.

but what I would suggest first is using the Morningstar rating, and reading any report as to why the rating is what it is. As you read the reports note the things you like and think are important. As ValueFan said - it depends on how much you time and energy you want to spend -

Oh by the way ValueFan - How about that last Ute/Cougar game???

Then as you get to know what you like make a list. Then when you are ready - try to tackle the asset allocation and the funds will fall into place....

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