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Hello All,

I am beginning my second year of a two-year visiting assistant professor position at a large university in the south. The university has an excellent retirement program, which offers a reverse match where the university contributes nearly 11% of my gross income, and I can match up to that percentage (which I do).

There is virtually no possibility that my position will be renewed after this year, and I plan on rolling over my contributions to my Roth IRA next summer. I did not think about this issue last year when I started the position, but would it be more prudent to only invest these funds in a fixed account option, which is currently paying 3%? I imagine that I should treat these funds like any short-term investment and keep them out of anything too volatile. My funds are currently allocated mostly in Vanguard's Wellington (VWELX) fund. In such a short investment window, I'm mostly interested in preserving my capital. I still have 35 years or more until retirement, but it seems silly to lose 5 or 10 percent right now, since I'll be rolling everything over in 9 months or so. Should capital preservation be my largest concern in this situation?

Any thoughts?

As always, thanks in advance.

-Narn Ceredir
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