Saturday, April 19, 2014
READING INDICATORS
Decent earnings news, a conciliatory Fed, and better-than-expected retail data boosted markets this week, but China and housing data remain troubling.
VIDEO PRESENTATION
In this special presentation, get the answers to key questions about the quality of your plan, whether your savings are on track with your goals, how to allocate assets, and what to do with assets when you leave your job.
PERSPECTIVES: GMO
The right way to build portfolios for retirement is to focus on how much wealth is needed and when it is needed, while minimizing shortfalls, writes GMO's Ben Inker.
Morningstar Minute
ETF PROFILE
The screening processes for high-quality dividend payers may not be as effective in emerging markets.
    Morningstar Specialists
    REKENTHALER REPORT
    Running through the numbers.
      SAM LEE: RATIONAL INVESTING
      Using the latest factor research to identify the drivers of Vanguard Dividend Appreciation's outperformance.
        BOB JOHNSON: READING INDICATORS
        Chinese imports and exports are lagging, indicating a slower growth economy.
          CHRISTINE BENZ: REAL-LIFE FINANCE
          Morningstar's Christine Benz suggests that even dedicated do-it-yourselfers should follow these key steps.
            JOSH PETERS: DIVIDEND INVESTING
            It's a mistake to assume MLPs will continuously increase their distributions, says DividendInvestor editor Josh Peters, who discusses why he recently sold
            several names.
              MATT COFFINA: WIDE-MOAT INVESTING
              Though currently a small percentage of the sector, distributed generation is a threat that could erode utilities firms' moats over the long term, say Morningstar's Matt Coffina and Travis Miller.
                ETFs
                ETF SPOTLIGHT
                There are a number of issues that lurk beneath the surface.
                  Closed-End Funds
                  CEF WEEKLY
                  Smart investors would steer clear of these high-premium investments.
                    Stocks
                    STOCK STRATEGIST
                    Rockwood and SQM could see opportunities to invest in their moats, but we still expect lithium price pressure.
                      Mutual Funds
                      FUND SPY
                      Finding a balanced equity natural-resources fund can be challenging.
                        Real Life Finance
                        THE SHORT ANSWER
                        Green is good, and red is bad. But what do the ratings mean?
                          Perspectives
                          Kellogg School of Management
                          The timing of a bankruptcy filing shapes the verdict and has consequences for all of us.
                            Bonds
                            VIDEO REPORT
                            Instead of outguessing short-term interest rate moves, fund shop Baird looks to add value on yield curve positioning, individual security selection, and sector allocation, and is currently finding opportunities in corporates.
                              Market Barometer
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                              +4%
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                              +8%
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                              -8%
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                              +20%
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                              Market Consensus
                              312K
                              Actual
                              304K
                              Market Consensus
                              2800K
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                              2739K
                              Market Consensus
                              8.6
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                              16.6
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                              NA
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                              Market Consensus
                              0.8%
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                              NA
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                              Market Indexes
                              DJIA
                              16,409
                              -16.3
                              -0.1%
                              S&P 500
                              1,865
                              2.5
                              0.1%
                              NASDAQ
                              4,096
                              9.3
                              0.2%
                              Morningstar U.S. Market
                              4,719
                              8.0
                              0.2%
                              Morningstar Small Cap
                              7,324
                              31.1
                              0.4%
                              Commodity Futures
                              Gold
                              $1,293.80
                              -0.71%
                              Apr 14
                              Light Crude
                              $104.59
                              0.80%
                              May 14
                              Natural Gas
                              $4.74
                              4.53%
                              May 14
                              Maturity
                              %Yield
                              6 Month
                              0.05
                              2 Year
                              0.43
                              5 Year
                              1.75
                              10 Year
                              2.73
                              30 Year
                              3.52
                              1 Yr Ago
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