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  1. Christine Benz's 6-Step Portfolio Checkup

    Morningstar's director of personal finance outlines how to gauge your portfolio's viability, evaluate your allocation, troubleshoot risk factors, and more in this special Web seminar presentation.

  2. 'Backdoor' IRA Forget-Me-Nots

    When using the maneuver, mind the pro-rata rule, don't dally with your nondeductible IRA, and remember the do-over option, if you need it, says Morningstar's Christine Benz .

  3. How to Fine Tune Your Investment Mix in Retirement

    In addition to moving from stocks to bonds, investors may also pivot away from more volatile intra-asset-class tilts as they move into retirement, says Morningstar's Christine Benz .

  4. Christine Benz's Tips for Turbulent Markets

    Morningstar's director of personal finance recommends locking down short-term income needs in cash-like investments, stress-testing your bond holdings, and staying poised to buy on the dips.

  5. Junk-Bond Funds Settle Down After a Rough Week

    A rough stretch for high yield is a reminder that the sector can require a strong stomach. 

  6. Making Money Last in Retirement

    Panel discussion: Christine Benz , advisor Mark Balasa, and Morningstar columnist Mark Miller discuss how withdrawal rates, asset allocation, Social Security decisions, and long-term-care insurance factor into portfolio sustainability.

  7. 12 Contrarian Fund Picks for Your IRA

    Morningstar's Christine Benz recommends these tried-and-true value-leaning stock funds, still-open foreign-stock favorites, and TIPS funds for investors who want to tilt against the grain.

  8. 5 Best Practices for Limiting Your Tax Burden in Retirement

    A flexible withdrawal strategy, diversification across account types, and targeted Roth conversions can limit the tax drag for retirees, says Morningstar's Christine Benz .

  9. 5 Go-To Investments for Your Portfolio Makeover

    Investors looking to upgrade, diversify, and simplify their portfolios can start here, says Morningstar's Christine Benz .

  10. 3 Retiree Pitfalls in a Still-Lofty Market

    Beware the dangers of complacency, remember the virtues of defensive holdings, and resist the temptation to overreach for yield, says Morningstar's Christine Benz .

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