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My question is this: between now and April 15
should I invest the $4,000+ I need to contribute for
the maximum for 1998 into the Vanguard Index
Fund, or would it be prudent to put half into the
Index Fund and purchase 1,2,or 3 individual stocks
with good growth potential with the other half. I've
already sent the paperwork so that I can use
Vanguard Brokerage to do this.

None of my husbands or my retirement money is in
individual stocks at this point. We have become
more interested in individual stocks because of a
positive experience in drip investments in taxable

How you invest depends on your total asset mix which I do not know.

I think 2,000 is not large enough for two or three stocks. I would put all (4,000+) in one stock or all in the index fund. After your fund bills up you could sell some of the index and buy stocks if you go the index route.
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