How Much Risk?

Too few tech stocks are as bad as too many. Here's how to set up an all-weather portfolio

A few weeks ago, I suggested here that those who had racked up big wins in tech stocks should lighten up on their precious juggernauts to preserve what they had made. Lighten up, not sell out. Remove some risk, not quit the game. The e-mail response was vitriolic. How could I be so dumb? What would I recommend next, mining stocks? No. But how about a tutorial in market risk? In case you don't remember: the NASDAQ got creamed last week, providing our course materials.

Here's the essence of it, gang: stocks that soar can also plummet. Sure, in the long...

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