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Would it be wise to put most of my contributions in safer investments, i.e bonds?

That's up to you and what makes you feel comfortable.

However, if you sell low and then buy low a few weeks later (as in a rollover), you don't suffer any long-term loss. If you sell low and then don't reinvest in the market, that's different.

Another thing to think about: there is no way to "catch up" on your 401k investments...if you don't max out your investments for 2002, there is no way to go back in time and make them up.

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