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Phil's advice is good.
Schwab is a good choice.
Janus is a good choice. Your investments would be limited to mutual funds and you'd have to get a prospectus before investing, which would use up some time, and you don't have that much.
Vanguard is a good choice.
Your bank is right there close, I hope. You don't want your retirement tied up in CDs for a long time, but 6 months is OK.
Your banker should also make it clear you have to make up that 20% that was withheld, and would be there to hold your hand a little if you need that.
So off to the bank with your check, and write Vanguard and Janus for prospectuses (Janus Fund, Janus Worldwide, for starters; Vanguard S&P 500 index and whatever other ones you want to look at. There is a list of mutual funds in your daily newspaper, probably. And you have time then to go to Fool School.
Best wishes, Chris
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