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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.

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