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Piling stocks and bonds into your portfolio makes for a healthy investment.

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We all know we're supposed to eat a balanced diet that includes proteins, fruits, vegetables and starches. And to keep ourselves in top-notch condition, we should throw in a little exercise. Well, what's good for the body is also good for your investment portfolio.

Investing across the board--in stocks as well as bonds--is one way to create a healthy portfolio of securities designed to weather many of Wall Street's storms. When inflation and interest rates are low and stocks are running hot, it's great to be invested in equities. When interest rates are high, it makes sense to be a fixed-income investor. To get the best of both worlds in the mutual fund arena, consider a balanced fund.

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