Saturday, August 02, 2014
Earnings Insights
Noninsurance operations continue to be a source of stability, while its insurance business overall may see more meager results during the next couple of years.
Reading Indicators
This week's GDP report now makes my original full-year 2.0%-2.5% GDP forecast a real possibility, writes Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Video Report
Investors can wring more yield from their cash by using online banks, says Gary Zimmerman, founder of cash-management solution Max.
Morningstar Minute
Stock of the Week
The recent decline in same-store sales growth at TJX is being driven by temporary weather trends and not an erosion of the firm's moat.
    Morningstar Specialists
    Josh Peters: Dividend Investing
    Paychex is one of a few firms with both an abundant capacity to pay a big dividend and a strong willingness to do so, says Morningstar’s Josh Peters.
      Christine Benz: Real-life Finance
      A review of the data--plus weighing the intangibles--can help you arrive at the right decision.
        Matt Coffina: Wide-Moat Investing
        Recent decelerating revenue growth has disappointed investors but is a temporary phenomenon, says Morningstar StockInvestor editor Matt Coffina.
          Russ Kinnel: Fund Investing
          Index funds aren't the only vehicles suitable for taxable accounts, and Morningstar's Russ Kinnel offers three names that can help minimize the tax hit.
            Sam Lee: Rational Investing
            State Street's newly launched MSCI Quality Mix exchange-traded funds offer good value.
              Bob Johnson: Reading Indicators
              June CPI data showed some moderation, and consumers could see more price relief in the future, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
                Rekenthaler Report
                Yes, they do affect retail funds.
                  ETFs
                  ETF Spotlight
                  Why did Vanguard bother to launch this currency-hedged developed-markets bond fund?
                    Stocks
                    Stock News
                    Plans to shed half of its brands should help enhance P&G’s intangible assets and its cost advantages, says Morningstar’s Erin Lash.
                      Real Life Finance
                      College Savings Radar
                      College remains a good long-term investment, but years of stagnant wages and student debt await recent graduates.
                        Mutual Funds
                        Fund Spy
                        Looking at 10 years of fund flows through the lens of volatility.
                          Perspectives
                          Perspectives: Schwab
                          Are the U.S. equity market's recent stumbles bumps in the road or something more serious?
                            Closed-End Funds
                            Bonds
                            Video Report
                            The risk of bank-loan defaults is muted at the same time investor demand for such products remains elevated, but this volatile asset class is not for near-term cash needs, says Fidelity's Eric Mollenhauer.
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                              Market Indexes
                              DJIA
                              16,493
                              -69.9
                              -0.4%
                              S&P 500
                              1,925
                              -5.5
                              -0.3%
                              NASDAQ
                              4,353
                              -17.1
                              -0.4%
                              Morningstar U.S. Market
                              4,855
                              -13.4
                              -0.3%
                              Morningstar Small Cap
                              7,283
                              -26.4
                              -0.4%
                              Commodity Futures
                              Gold
                              $1,293.10
                              0.92%
                              Aug 14
                              Light Crude
                              $97.62
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                              %Yield
                              6 Month
                              0.05
                              2 Year
                              0.47
                              5 Year
                              1.67
                              10 Year
                              2.52
                              30 Year
                              3.29
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