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Trader Richard Newman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The benchmark stock index has set a series of record highs.
Trader Richard Newman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The benchmark stock index has set a series of record highs.
(Richard Drew/AP)

In a bubble market, what's a new investor to do?

My 25-year-old nephew just landed his first full-time job and wants to start investing. But in what?

The answer would once have been simple. A well diversified portfolio of domestic and international stocks, with a reasonable helping of bonds on the side, could have been counted on to produce decent returns for him in just about any economic environment.