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A Sample ETF Retirement Portfolio in 3 Buckets

Morningstar's Christine Benz puts together a diversified basket of investments for those seeking a low-cost, truly hands-off retirement portfolio.

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Note: This article originally posted on Sept. 6, 2012, but we are re-featuring it as part of's Retirement Readiness Week.

Last week's column featuring a sample portfolio for retirees using the "bucket system"elicited many terrific comments. Some readers characterized the bucket approach as old wine in a new bottle, and I'd agree that there's an element of truth to that assertion. After all, most bucketed portfolios will include cash, bond, and stock components--not a radical departure from the types of portfolios many retirees have maintained all along.

Christine Benz does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.