Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Video Report
Morningstar's Christine Benz highlights some of her favorite ETFs and low-minimum-investment funds for new investors.
The Short Answer
Short-term bond funds offer better rates than many money markets but also may carry higher risk.
Heard on the Boards
Are you using ETFs more today than in the past? How and why are you using ETFs?
    Morningstar Minute
    Morningstar Specialists
    Christine Benz: Real-life Finance
    Neither income-centric nor strictly total return, a hybrid distribution approach charts a steady course for our retirement bucket portfolio.
      Josh Peters: Dividend Investing
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        Day Return
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        0
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        1Wk Return
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        0
        -1.25%
        1Mo Return
        +4%
        0
        -4%
        3Mo Return
        +8%
        0
        -8%
        1Yr Return
        +20%
        0
        -20%
        3Yr Return
        +20%
        0
        -20%
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        NA
        Actual
        Sep 16
        Market Consensus
        0.0%
        Actual
        0.0%
        Sep 16
        Market Consensus
        0.1%
        Actual
        0.1%
        Market Consensus
        0.25%
        Actual
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        NA
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        Sep 17
        Market Consensus
        0.0%
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        Market Indexes
        DJIA
        17,136
        148.5
        0.9%
        S&P 500
        1,999
        15.0
        0.8%
        NASDAQ
        4,545
        26.4
        0.6%
        Morningstar U.S. Market
        5,040
        36.2
        0.7%
        Morningstar Small Cap
        7,540
        38.5
        0.5%
        Commodity Futures
        Gold
        $1,238.30
        0.68%
        Sep 14
        Light Crude
        $94.65
        1.86%
        Oct 14
        Natural Gas
        $3.98
        1.17%
        Oct 14
        Maturity
        %Yield
        6 Month
        0.05
        2 Year
        0.58
        5 Year
        1.80
        10 Year
        2.60
        30 Year
        3.34
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