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I agree that no index fund has ever lost all of its value...but I bet the owners of Enron, Worldcom, airlines, etc and the investors in Amaranth hedge fund used to think they were bullet proof as well. Equities are 100% at risk, even if they never lose 100% of their value.

and you even stated the facts yourself...."I bet your other lower 'risk' investments wouldn't have much value when the S&P is worthless"...if the worst happens, I'll take "not much value" over "worthless" every time.

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