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Joel: Also, don't think that something like an S&P index fund is particularly safe. Over the last 5 years a money market fund like VMFXX has outperformed VFINX, even with distributions reinvested, and the drawdown has been over 40%.

You do understand the "Past performance is no indication of future behavior" comment, no?

I like VEXMX better that VFINX, partly for the reasons you have mentiond so often.

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