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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 accounts. 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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