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A Conservative Retirement Saver Portfolio for ETF Investors

For a pre-retiree, our portfolio includes a larger--and better diversified--stake in bonds.

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Exchange-traded funds may have initially appealed to fast-trading, aggressive investors, but they can work well for slow and steady types, too, including conservative investors. 

The largest ETFs are utilitarian index trackers covering broad swaths of the market, just as traditional funds do. And even though ETFs can't run for cover by retreating to defensive securities or raising cash, in practice, very few traditional mutual funds do that, anyway. 

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