In this edition of The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, Motley Fool analysts Jason Moser and Brendan Mathews take a question from a reader who writes: "I'm thinking of pulling my money out of the market to invest in more stable investments. Thoughts?"

Part of maintaining a diversified portfolio is making sure to spread your investments wisely, and this means going beyond just the stock market. Brendan and Jason both note that spreading the risk around to various investment classes can help investors rest easy. But trying to time the market is not a sustainable strategy. One option for investors looking to take some money out of the market is to trim select winning positions in order to "harvest" gains. This can help you sleep better at night while still allowing yourself to remain invested and avoid trying to time the market.