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After a winter of aberrant snow and a spring of rain, we are sooooo ready for summer here on the East Coast. And as the vacation months officially kick off, what better way to celebrate them than an all-out stock barrage here on That's right, we're stocking up for summer.

The market was on a tear through the spring, but bear or bull, we're unwavering in our belief that stocks are the best place to grow your long-term savings -- they have outperformed all other asset classes for rolling periods of 20 years or more since the 1920s.

So, go ahead, make a splash with your investing cash this summer. We have all the tools you need to do just that:

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Use an Index Fund
We think you can beat the market, and our mission here at the Fool is to help you do just that. But there is nothing wrong with stowing your money in an index mutual fund or exchange-traded fund to match the market's return. By doing so, you'll still beat most of Wall Street's money managers.

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