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Yup, this sure looks like something that a "Certified Financial Specialist" would come up with.

Do yourself a favor. Get a copy of these books and read them: Ric Edelman "The New Rules of Money", Jim O'Shaughnessey "How to Retire Rich".
Read Ken Fisher (book author and writes a column in Forbes).
Read Scott Burns ( -- doh!). Carefully read his "couch potato strategy" --

I would ditch the foreign funds. Fisher (and others) make a convincing case that: a) all the world markets are pretty much in sync--rise and fall approximately together, b) the US economy dominates the world, so there's no real advantage to investing outside the US.

Personally, I would strongly lean toward a mix of JOS's screens: Reasonable Runaways, Leaders with Luster, and Utility Income. That's a total of 60 stocks, updated once a year. Hire a neighborhood kid to pick the annual reports out of your mailbox and throw them away.

Good luck,
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