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Although the default picture has improved in high yield, junk bonds could still get clocked if the economy falters or we face a double-dip recession, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson.
Lack of demand and investment elsewhere is keeping large companies on the hiring sidelines, say Morningstar's Bob Johnson and Vishnu Lekraj. Get their forecast for Friday's employment report.
Even small investors should call product providers and ask for help finding liquidity before diving into a thinly traded ETF, says iShares' Leland Clemons.
Huge demand for the tiny market of local-currency-denominated Chinese debt means investors aren't being compensated for the risks they are taking, says Morningstar's Patty Oey.
Fears about the strength of the global recovery--not the proliferation of exchange-traded produces--are driving the wild swings in the stock market, says iShares' Leland Clemons.
Debates in Washington continue about interest rates tied to student loans, and college savers face more headwinds as states reduce university funding.
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Fees continue to fall, but mutual funds and indexes post better returns.
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