Our Ultimate Stock-Pickers Index continues to beat the market even as relatively few of our top managers are outperforming the S&P 500.
These stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds would be worthy core options for buy-and-hold investors.
Silver-rated BBH Core Select's penchant for blue chips at bargain prices has paid off over time, but it does tend to trail in bull markets.
These funds look good from a number of angles.
T. Rowe Price Real Estate's long-term focus can lead to underwhelming results in frothy markets but has paid off over time.
Equity funds with an emphasis on utilities, REITs, or dividends have been among peer leaders so far in 2014, but good stock-picking is becoming more important in terms of overall fund performance.
While more than one third of these top fund managers are outperforming this year, four of them stand out from the rest given their ability to outperform the market over almost all time periods.
Investors looking for large-cap exposure and a portfolio with topnotch management should consider this excellent fund.
Even Gold- and Silver-rated funds can have an off year.
There are more options than ever for investing in line with religious beliefs, writes Morningstar senior fund analyst David Kathman .