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Investments that let you sleep at night

The market's free fall finally bottomed in March 2009 but some investors continue to suffer from nightmares. Here are some picks from the pros to help you sleep better.

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You don't need to stuff your mattress
You don't need to stuff your mattress
The thought of investing in increasingly unstable markets might make you want to stuff all your money in a mattress so you can get a good night's sleep. But that doesn't have to be the case.

We talked to savvy investment experts to find out what they would buy to help them sleep at night and thrive in these bumpy times. While there's no single winning strategy, there was one tip that rang loud and clear: leave the hard work to the big guns.

Our experts mostly urged investors to buy assets managed by large money managers like Vanguard and Pimco instead of attempting to diversify portfolios with individual stocks and bonds. Click through the slides for five places to funnel your extra cash in this challenging market.

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