Wed, 26 Apr 2017
The high-yield bond market poses unique challenges to index funds that make an active approach more attractive.
Morningstar senior analyst Chris Davis gives a progress report on Fidelity's equity fund enhancement initiatives, notes areas for further improvement, and offers his take on the cream of the crop.
Fidelity's Chris Sharpe touches on the 'to' versus 'through' debate as well as the goal of having the right strategies for retirement income.
In an attempt to see a longer runway for growth, some of the group's largest funds, including widely held Fidelity Contrafund, are investing in private companies.
Two thirds of Fidelity's domestic-equity funds have beaten their category averages year to date, but some notable funds, including Contrafund and Low-Priced Stock, have looked more sluggish.
Fidelity's growth-leaning equity funds and more conservative bond funds made for a strong year for the fund firm, says Morningstar analyst Katie Reichart.
Morningstar senior fund analyst Christopher Davis sizes up performance and stewardship at the fund family and discusses some of his favorite Fidelity funds.
Relative to their categories, Fidelity's stock funds generally fared better than its fixed-income portfolios last year, but several funds in both camps have good long-term prospects.
Featuring solid muni funds and index equity offerings, these portfolios are appropriate for investors' taxable accounts.
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