Wednesday, August 27, 2014
ETF Investing
As the sector has continued to best the broader market, a look both at the dynamics that would drive further outperformance by the sector and at funds that investors can use to tap those themes.
Morningstar Minute: Wide Moat Spotlight
A long-trusted brand and unparalleled dealer network give ag-equipment maker Deere & Co. an edge over competitors.
Heard of the Boards
What steps, if any, are you taking to make working in retirement possible?
    Morningstar Minute
    Medalist of the Week
    Morgan Stanley Institutional International Equity may not be a big winner during rallies, but this conservative foreign-stock fund has more than made up ground in down markets.
      Morningstar Specialists
      Christine Benz: Real-life Finance
      Retired investors with a stomach for more risk might consider easing into these funds, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.
        Rekenthaler Report
        The cost is what counts.
          Sam Lee: Rational Investing
          It's all about low costs, a sensible strategy, and sound ethics.
            Bob Johnson: Reading Indicators
            Paradoxically, weak overseas economics have probably helped the U.S. at least as much as it has hurt, writes Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
              Matt Coffina: Wide-Moat Investing
              Although a drawdown in the short term is a real possibility, investors should still see a 4.5% to 6% real return over the long run, says Morningstar's Matt Coffina.
                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.
                    Mutual Funds
                    Fund Spy
                    Alternatives have defied the trend of making low costs king.
                      Real Life Finance
                      The Short Answer
                      This high-income vehicle warrants close scrutiny given interest-rate uncertainty.
                        Bonds
                        Commentary
                        Our study shows that diversified portfolios perform just fine.
                          Stocks
                          Stock Strategist
                          We think Ross is perfectly positioned to gain market share with its brand-name merchandise at a discount.
                            Perspectives
                            Perspectives: Knowledge@Wharton
                            Argentina's default issues will probably be resolved without major disruptions, but some major risks remain.
                              ETFs
                              ETF Spotlight
                              By investing in Build America Bonds, this fund gets exposure to taxable municipal bonds with interest payments subsidized by the federal government.
                                Closed-End Funds
                                CEF Weekly
                                Deciding whether return of capital is "good" or "bad" is not black-and-white.
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                                  15.3
                                  0.1%
                                  S&P 500
                                  2,000
                                  0.1
                                  0.0%
                                  NASDAQ
                                  4,570
                                  -1.0
                                  0.0%
                                  Morningstar U.S. Market
                                  5,052
                                  -0.4
                                  0.0%
                                  Morningstar Small Cap
                                  7,647
                                  -14.2
                                  -0.2%
                                  Commodity Futures
                                  Gold
                                  $1,281.50
                                  -0.18%
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                                  Light Crude
                                  $93.77
                                  -0.10%
                                  Oct 14
                                  Natural Gas
                                  $4.01
                                  1.42%
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                                  %Yield
                                  6 Month
                                  0.05
                                  2 Year
                                  0.51
                                  5 Year
                                  1.65
                                  10 Year
                                  2.37
                                  30 Year
                                  3.11
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