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If you have a high layoff risk, beef up your emergency fund.

"A solid financial plan should call for between three (months') and six months' of cash reserves -- six months if you're in a shaky position, three months if you're in a pretty confident position," Heller says. "Then what you do with your investments after that shouldn't matter as much."

But Nangle says many financial advisers recommend raising that minimum to a year's worth, though she acknowledges that, in today's economy, many workers struggle to build up even a six-month reserve.

"I think you're seeing planners recommending a larger emergency fund depending on the types of risks that the client is facing," Nangle says.


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