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The right—and wrong—investing risks in retirement Building a safe portfolio that provides the desired returns can be a daunting task, as performance of these investments can be volatile, according to this article on Money. High-yielding investments come with a significant risk, as exemplified by exchange-traded funds that own energy master limited partnerships. Morningstar claims that these ETFs offered an average yield of 7.6% but incurred 18.5% in losses. A better strategy for investors to deal with the risk and obtain a safe income from their portfolio is to pick stocks and adopt a more passive attitude to investing, and include fixed-income assets to balance the risks of stocks.

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