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3 stock funds to reduce risk as fiscal cliff looms

Investors are anxious. The Dow Jones industrial average had its steepest two-day sell-off of the year on Wednesday and Thursday. With the election behind, the so-called fiscal cliff came into focus.

It’s such a pressing concern that it’s worthwhile to consider the ‘‘what-ifs.’’ Are you comfortable with possible losses if Congress and President Obama fail to agree on deficit reduction by the end of the year?

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