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Easy Ways to Manage Risk

Don't overthink it.

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Earlier this year, U.S. stocks entered their 11th year of a bull market that began in March 2009, making it one of the longest of the past century. A decade into a generally benign market environment, it can be easy to forget that investing is risky. It always has been, and always will be. But risk can be managed. Here, I will share some simple ways to cut back on the amount of risk in your investment portfolio.

The Stock-Bond Mix
Bonds are far less risky than stocks. But deciding how much of each to own depends on a host of variables--most notably your capacity and willingness to bear the risk of stocks.

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