Fool.com: All Your Eggs In One Basket [Fribble] March 31, 2000

Fribble All Your Eggs In One Basket

By almar56@email.msn.com
March 31, 2000

Some people put all their beautiful Easter eggs in one basket to be left in one easy-to-find hiding place. Very chancy. The basket could be accidentally dropped and most of the eggs broken. Or, it could be lost -- the person finding the basket could take all the eggs for himself and not share with anyone else in the house. Life, after all, is full of unexpected twists and turns.

We learned the hard way about putting our "Easter Eggs" (read: retirement dollars) in one basket. If you're the owner of your own business, don't count on the proceeds from the sale of that business to take care of your retirement.

It's far better to scatter your "eggs" in different places over a period of years. You may lose a few along the way, but you won't lose them all to an unexpected change in your industry that destroys your cash flow, the company's net worth, and your potential retirement nest egg, too.

Be a Fool and diversify. It's never too late.