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    How Do I Choose?

    I've been a participant in 403(b) for many years thru my employers, but have reached a place where I'm ready to do more for my retirement. I work for a state university that makes the 457 available, but have no idea where to start! To begin with, I've got to choose between AIG VALIC, Lincon Financial, TIAA-CREF (where I have my 403), or the State Retirement System. I don't know enough to make that decision and have no idea how to start to educate myself! Then, I'll have to decide how I want my investments allocated. When I signed up with TIAA-CREF 10 years ago, my father helped me with that (he's a retired accountant). I'm 39 and can afford some risk, but DH's retirement portfolio is not very diverse, so I feel like I'm the one that has to be. My employer is having a program in November about retirement planning, but the presenter will be a rep from one of the investment companies and they'll be focusing on the 403(b). Although I suppose generally some of that information would be helpful, I've got a raise coming in October and would like to get started sooner as opposed to later. I've printed off all the Beginner's Guide on this site to start reading, but any additional advise or direction would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, kat
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