Financial planner Mark Balasa and Morningstar's Christine Benz and David Blanchett tackled viewers' most pressing retirement questions, from determining savings rates and income needs to planning for Social Security and maximizing retirement accounts.
Vanguard's Ken Volpert cautions investors about a rise in short-term rates, and also offers his thoughts on the U.S. debt ceiling as well as Vanguard's TIPS , international- bond , and totalbondmarket funds.
During his keynote presentation at the Morningstar Investment Conference, the PIMCO manager made the case that high debt levels and a need for financial stability mean that centralbanks should keep real rates close to zero for some time.
The outlook forbonds is just as cloudy as ever, but Morningstar's Miriam Sjoblom and Marta Norton offer helpful tipsfor setting the right expectations and creating a game plan in today's challenging bondmarket .
Roundtable Report: At the outset of 2014, Morningstar strategists dig into the market's current valuation and expected return, seek out high-quality U.S. and foreign stock opportunities, size up the role of cash today, assess theFed's impact on the market, and reveal the best ways to fight inflation .