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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Stock Investing Fast-Track by Ken Little

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Timing Is Everything

Building a portfolio that fits a particular asset allocation begins with an understanding of how much time you have to reach your financial goal—for most of us, the top goal is building a secure retirement. If you were (are) smart, you started saving for retirement as soon as you started your first adult job. Of course, most of us weren’t thinking about retirement as young adults. Starting young and staying with a program to build a secure retirement is the best way to reach that goal. If your employer offers a retirement program such as a 401(k), sign up on day one and contribute what you can, but certainly up to the maximum percentage your employer will match.

For people still 30 or 40 years away from retirement, it makes ...

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