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SlateBelt wrote:
>How I wish I had understood all this Foolishness 30-35 >years ago! But I'm still interested and would like to >know how much of one's total investment package should >(could?) be in stocks?

I have just turned 60 this year and retired late last year.

I just had to make this same choice with 401K funds and I have settled on around 50% with the other 50% in Bonds/CD's

Of the 50% in stock it will be 90% Foolish 4 and 10% growth (small caps) just to make it exciting.

But also be advised that I, like you, just wish I had found this place a long time ago, and that I have just started proactively managing (or not) my investments as all prior investing was from within the Companies that I worked for. These company plans had extremely limited choices (that companies stock, a money market fund etc).
So all that I can say about this approach is that it seems to me to be a resonably safe approach with some possiblity of growth.

And of course part of the answer to your question has to be the question of how soon will you need to get ahold of the assests in that fund to help pay for your retirement. (Sooner need, less stock)

Hope this helps, its at least a point of view.

oldred22



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