Fund Basics: Diversify Your Portfolio

You'll get stability and the probability that at least one of your funds will be up no matter what the market's doing.

Depending on which money manager you talk to, it takes from 20 to 30 stocks to create a portfolio that's truly diversified. But if you hold that many stocks, you should be keeping tabs on each and every one by following earnings and revenue reports as well as news that could send investors scurrying for the exits.

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