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  1. Get the Best Out of Active and Index Funds

    In this 60-minute roundtable report, Morningstar's Russ Kinnel, Ben Johnson, John Rekenthaler, and Christine Benz dissect indexing's popularity, index versus active fund performance, and how investors can effectively blend the best of both in a portfolio.

  2. 4 Passive-Investing Pitfalls to Avoid

    Don't assume all index funds are low cost and tax-efficient, and avoid overdiversification and becoming too hands-on, says Morningstar's Mike Rawson.

  3. Active and Index Funds: How Do They Really Stack Up?

    Adjusting for several factors--including fees, the time period, and the composition of the benchmark versus managers' real opportunity set--impacts the comparison.

  4. Active or Passive: You Have to Be Choosy

    There are reasons to tilt active or passive, but provided investors are picking low-cost, proven funds, they can be successful with either or both types of investments, says Morningstar's Russ Kinnel.

  5. Investors Go for International-Equity Funds

    International-equity funds--particularly currency-hedged funds--were the biggest beneficiaries of new investor dollars in March, continuing a broader trend over the last several years.

  6. Funds Facing a Tax Overhang

    High potential capital gains exposure, high turnover, and investor redemptions can mean higher tax bills for fundholders.

  7. Optimizing a Retirement Portfolio for Income

    Long-term government bonds, emerging-markets debt, and preferred stocks may take more prominence for retirees who wish to live solely off a portfolio's income stream, says Morningstar Investment Management's David Blanchett.

  8. Ibbotson: Unpopularity Pays

    New research shows that holding unpopular stocks and avoiding hot ones can lead to outperformance over time, says Zebra Capital Management's Roger Ibbotson.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

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