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Why Many Americans Still Aren't Putting Stocks in Their Retirement Plans

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More than half of Americans still do not own stocks even though investing early can boost their retirement portfolio by tens of thousands of dollars.

Even though returns from the stock market are better than those of less risky investments such as bonds over long periods of time, a recent survey by Bankrate, the North Palm Beach, Fla.-based financial content company, found that 52% of Americans do not own any stocks.