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My comment relates to my risk profile only. Everyone needs to decide their own risk profile.

Equities carry risk, period. They can loss all their value...that is risk. Volatility creates risk as well because people tend not to like it and it makes them make rash, quick, or un-analyzed decisions. Volatility also creates opportunity for those who understand it and trade options, etc..or who employ market timing strategies.

I applaud your long term buy and hold philosophy...but the key difference between you and I is that I tend to research and purchase individual stocks rather than index funds...thus, with my risk profile and tolerance, I diversify outside of stocks into bonds and cash more than it seems you do.

This works for me but may not for you. If you are 100% comforable with your all equity portfolio, then stick with it.

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