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  1. What Makes a Moat?

    In an excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins explore how to identify a moat and how intangible assets can help a firm carve out a sustainable competitive advantage.

  2. 2 Key Sources of Moat

    In this second excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins detail how companies leverage cost advantage and switching costs to their benefit.

  3. 2 More Key Moat Sources

    In this final excerpt from their new book, Morningstar's Heather Brilliant and Elizabeth Collins examine how companies can build competitive advantages around network effect and scale efficiency.

  4. Moats Great Indicators for Stock Staying Power

    Companies with fortified moats can stave off competition and tend to have better risk-adjusted returns than the broader market.

  5. Apple’s Beats Buy: Desperation or Opportunity?

    Following is a roundup of stocks that recently jumped to 5 stars. By way of background, we award a stock 5 stars when it trades at a suitably large discount--i.e., a margin of safety--to our fair value estimate. Thus, when a stock hits 5-star territory, we consider it an especially compelling ...

  6. Why Moats Matter

    An economic moat provides a gauge of a company's competitive advantages and overall strength, and it is a highly valuable tool for investors of all levels.

  7. Bonds Deliver a Surprise

    Volatility in Asia, subprime woes take market for a ride.

  8. Declining Correlations Bring Stock-Picking to the Fore

    Morningstar's Heather Brilliant explains why investors should care about movement in market and sector correlations.

  9. Don't Overpay for Foreign Exposure

    Morningstar's Heather Brilliant says better revenue opportunities exist in the U.S. now than in foreign markets, and investors should demand discounts for firms with large non-U.S. sales footprints.

  10. Are Equity Fair Values Teetering on the 'Cliff'?

    A lot of companies are very well positioned regardless of how the fiscal cliff gets resolved, as long as it gets resolved, says Morningstar's Heather Brilliant .

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