Thursday, August 21, 2014
Stock Strategist
This intriguing retail franchising and equipment rental company finds its niche.
Morningstar Minute: Stock of the Week
High customer switching costs give specialized cellulose producer Rayonier a competitive advantage, and the shares look cheap, too.
Heard on the Boards
How do you and your spouse deal with your different investing personalities?
    Morningstar Minute
    Medalist of the Week
    MainStay ICAP International recently experienced some management changes, but it's still a solid choice for overseas exposure at a reasonable price.
      Morningstar Specialists
      Christine Benz: Real-life Finance
      Retired investors can tilt their portfolios to the safer side with these funds, says Morningstar’s Christine Benz.
        Russ Kinnel: Fund Investing
        Morningstar's director of manager research bought shares of a Silver-rated and a Gold-rated foreign-stock fund.
          Josh Peters: Dividend Investing
          Kinder’s reorganization brings upside potential, but even after the change, its payout coverage is too thin for conservative income investors, says Morningstar DividendInvestor editor Josh Peters.
            Reading Indicators
            The formerly unimportant job openings report has taken on a new significance and recently suggests a tightening labor market.
              Rekenthaler Report
              Vanguard’s new research shows the harm of jettisoning underperformers for high-performing funds in the same category.
                Matt Coffina: Wide-Moat Investing
                Most global banks are ready for new regulatory standards, but these three names may be better positioned to raise their payouts.
                  Sam Lee: Rational Investing
                  Picking the right discount rate is harder than many think.
                    Stocks
                    Ultimate Stock-Pickers
                    Top managers continue to exercise a lot of patience as they look for buying opportunities in a U.S. equity market that has risen close to 40% since the start of 2013.
                      Real Life Finance
                      The Short Answer
                      We set the record straight on some options-trading terminology.
                        Mutual Funds
                        Fund Spy
                        Several concerns mute this firm's stewardship profile.
                          Perspectives
                          Perspectives: Kellogg School of Management
                          Building brick-and-mortar showrooms can have big payoffs for online retailers.
                            Bonds
                            Fund Report With Christine Benz
                            Some smaller bond funds have the potential to give investors more bang for their buck.
                              Closed-End Funds
                              CEF Weekly
                              Investors should assess why they own high-yield bonds and what their expectations are going forward.
                                ETFs
                                ETF Spotlight
                                Trend-following may help reduce volatility and losses during market downturns.
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