A manager change and organizational stress at GMO have led us to downgrade GMO Benchmark-Free Allocation from Silver to Bronze.
We're moving from the three-category conservative-, moderate-, and aggressive-allocation system to an expanded five-category framework for allocation funds.
A very difficult investing environment has forced many managers to try atypical strategies, says Morningstar's Kevin McDevitt.
And there are a few compelling options in this category.
Pickings are slim, so consider building your own.
Plus, Fairholme ups its AIG stake, and more
Expenses, manager changes, and lagging performance disqualify funds from an elite group.
Several Medalist funds are holding large cash stakes, giving U.S. stocks a wide berth.
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.
Recent sales underscore the perils of timing interest-rate changes--and the virtue of patience.