Your Complete Portfolio in Only Seven Investments

It’s almost part of human nature to make investing more complicated than it needs to be. Seemingly endless investment options, elaborate tax shelters, real estate “no money down” programs and the like certainly muddy the investment landscape. But CNN Money has taken the opposite view and attempted to simplify a model portfolio into a list of only seven basic investments…

*A blue-chip U.S.-stock fund
*A blue-chip foreign-stock fund
*A small-company fund
*A value fund
*A high-quality bond fund
*An inflation-protected bond fund
*A money-market fund

CNN also includes recommendations for each investment option. The keys to their plan: good returns over the long term, low costs, and a diversified portfolio. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.

The only 7 investments you need [CNN Money]