9 Tips for Safeguarding Your Accounts (8 of 9)by Katie Adams
Know your investment time horizon. Make sure that money you will need in the short-term is invested in low-risk vehicles such as CDs, T-bills and bonds or bond funds. The closer you are to the time when you will need to access your funds, the less risk you can afford to take that you might lose your principal.
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