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Bubbleproof your home
Your wealth is locked up in your home -- how can you protect it?
April 22, 2004: 2:47 PM EDT
By Scott Medintz, MONEY Magazine

NEW YORK (MONEY Magazine) - A majority of Americans have more than half their wealth locked up in their homes. It's a big risk to have so much wealth tied up in a single, illiquid investment, and there's essentially nothing we can do to hedge that risk.

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