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I would suggest you consider a single managed Vanguard Fund. Wellington.

If you put $10,000 into Wellington on June 30, 2008 your lowest month value would be February 28, 2009 with $7280.29 -- pretty darn frightening drop - more than 25%! Our last pay check was dated May 2009 and our future did not include pensions.

As of June 30, 2013 the Wellington account would have had $14,230.65.

The 5 year compound return through the "Great Recession" was was 7.31%
The 4 year and 3 month return from the early 2009 low until June 2013 was 17.08%

To minimize market risk for withdraws, we direct all our distributions from Wellington and other Vanguard Funds to a money market.
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