What investors should know before they dive in.
A strong and growing dividend can be a great signal of a quality stock for any kind of investor.
Morningstar's director of personal finance recommends locking down short-term income needs in cash-like investments, stress-testing your bond holdings, and staying poised to buy on the dips.
A lot of companies are very well positioned regardless of how the fiscal cliff gets resolved, as long as it gets resolved, says Morningstar's Heather Brilliant.
Short-term market gyrations over the unfolding Washington drama could make a good shopping opportunity for certain stocks , says Sanibel Captiva's Pat Dorsey.
Even given muddled economic growth expectations in the developed world, longer-term expected returns for stocks are not outside of historical norms.
Low current interest rates are one of the biggest reasons to expect below historic-like returns in the bond market, says Vanguard's chief economist.
Vanguard's chief economist, Joe Davis, cautions investors who turn to equities to replace bond income and also offers some vehicles for short- and long-term inflation protection.
Morningstar's Heather Brilliant details our 10-year track record for stocks , particularly the strong outperformance of 5-star names with competitive advantages.
Don't swap your whole fixed-income position for dividend-paying stocks .
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