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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. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. '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 .

  5. 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 .

  6. 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.

  7. 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 .

  8. Cream of the Crop: Our Favorite Funds in All Flavors

    Morningstar's Russ Kinnel, Sarah Bush, and Christine Benz highlight their top fund picks for domestic and foreign equity, core bond, inflation-protected securities, and much more.

  9. Bucket Portfolios for Retirement Income: Step by Step

    Morningstar's Christine Benz walks investors through the basics of setting up and maintaining a 'bucket' retirement portfolio, including some of her favorite funds for retirees.

  10. A Few of Our Favorite Funds for IRA Investors

    Morningstar's Russ Kinnel and Christine Benz highlight a more conservative, all-weather fund; a high-quality dividend-payer; and a higher-risk but well-managed bond fund as solid choices for an IRA.

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