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Note: This article is part of Morningstar's October 2014 5 Keys to Retirement Investing special report.

One of the key benefits to the bucket approach to retirement-portfolio management is that it's not a call to reinvent the wheel. If retirees and pre-retirees have well-diversified portfolios, it's likely that they already own the key ingredients for a successful bucketed portfolio: bucket one (cash and potentially short-term bonds), bucket two (bonds and perhaps a bit of equity exposure), and bucket three (mainly stocks).

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