What investors should know before they dive in.
Morningstar's Christine Benz offers tips for dividend-seekers, emerging-market devotees, and fixed-income worriers as we head into the new year.
October data show continued inflows for bonds (including riskier fixed-income assets), while investors withdrew money from U.S. stock mutual funds and ETFs .
ETF and open - end asset flows combined show a strong preference for bonds , emerging markets , and passive funds, while active U.S. stock fund managers and money market funds have suffered the brunt of outflows.
Flows to many hard-hit categories improved despite the shaky market, says Morningstar's Kevin McDevitt.
Equity funds have experienced outflows over the last five years, but the exodus is not as extreme as it's portrayed.
Investors should steer their carts down the dividend, international, and muni aisles, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.
As some investors move to bonds from stocks to lessen risk, others move up the risk scale to capture higher yields.
Sanibel Captiva's Pat Dorsey discusses what investors might regret from 2011, and how they can avoid those mistakes in 2012.
Even though credit worries in Europe dominated the headlines, investors took out their frustrations on U.S. stock funds.
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