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Well, first, if a person does not know much about investing, and intends to invest, then that person should learn about investing.

Second, no investment should be viewed as a permanent thing. Investments should be re-evaluated regularly to see if it is time to sell, and invest in something else.

With interest rates so low at this time, the bond market, except for very short term bonds, is not the place to be long term. Eventually the Fed will raise interest rates, and the price of the longer term bonds will go down. One would then be faced with the choice of holding to maturity and then possibly missing some better investments, or selling at a loss (most likely). So at this time, if you want bonds, buy short term bonds, hold to maturity, and then buy more if the situation looks right.

So far as stocks are concerned, the major domestic averages have bounced off the April 10 low, but sold off on Friday. I think that we are at a turning point of this market, and it is likely to go lower. Seasonality is likely to kick in, so the "Sell in May and go away" is probably a good thing. In any case, I would be very careful at this time, and might hedge with options (e. g. covered calls).
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