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Recognizing risk — in markets and in human nature

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Question: I have $20,000 from a bond that matured. I would like to pay down our $55,000 mortgage. It has a 5.5 percent rate and we pay $850 a month. My husband wants to invest it in a mutual fund. We are less than 10 years from retirement. Which decision is better?

Answer: You want to avoid risk. That’s a good instinct. Just make sure you see and respect all the risk factors out there.

Reading between the lines, I’d guess that you are more security minded and want the sure thing. You want to avoid the risk of losing your money.

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