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I recommend a "core portfolio" of index funds (or ETFs) for the majority of your investment portfolio and an "explore portfolio" composed mostly of stocks for the remainder to add to overall return using a combination of great stock selection and market timing.

Since 9/30/98 inception, "Kirk's Newsletter Explore Portfolio" is UP 1,456%
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In my newsletter, I recommend one of two "core" portfolios for about 80 to 95% of your funds and an "explore" portfolio made of stocks from my newsletter "explore portfolio" for the remainder.

My newsletter stocks are volatile by design to add to overall returns with a combination of exceptional stock selection and market timing. You need a good core portfolio to sleep well at night.

I offer different core portfolios for aggressive & conservative investors. I use the same funds for both so you can transition from aggressive to conservative as you age and lower risk for a safe and happy retirement.

If you are not interested in individual stocks, then just follow one of my two core portfolios for 100% of your investment assets. One portfolio is for "conservative" investors and the other is for "Aggressive" investors. They use the same funds, but with different percentages so you can easily move from aggressive to conservative as you age or have success and want to lock in nice gains to retire early.

I believe pages 1 through 10 of my monthly investment letter offer more value than many "mutual fund" newsletters costing much more. If you are not interested in individual stocks or securities, then simply follow one of the core portfolios I recommend on page two, use the "Fixed Income and Interest Rates" update on page eight to help manage your cash, then consider pages 11 through 29 about individual securities as "entertainment."

I do very few changes to the core portfolios with an average of only once a year. Now is one of those times where I'm waiting for the Fed to raise rates before I buy any bond funds other than those indexed to inflation and discussed in more detail on page eight.

For more conservative investors who have no interest in individual stocks, I co-edit "The Retirement Advisor" where our most aggressive model portfolio is slightly less aggressive then the "core conservative portfolio" in Kirk Lindstrom's Investment Letter." For more explanation, see "Kirk's Two Investment Letters - Which is Best for You?"

You can read about my success in this May 9, 2007 Los Altos Town Crier Newspaper Article Taking the bull by the horns: Local investor quintuples portfolio.

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