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By Christine Benz | 06-17-2010 02:11 PM

Ones to Watch in the 2010 Morningstar Conference

Morningstar's Karen Dolan and Russ Kinnel on this year's hot button topics, including what Greece means for the wider world, strategic vs. tactical investing, bonds and retirement income, and more.

Christine Benz: Hi. I'm Christine Benz for Morningstar.com. Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Meeting is often called "Woodstock for Capitalists," but you could also called Morningstar's Investment Conference, kicking off in Chicago this week, "Woodstock for Financial Advisors."

Here to discuss what to expect from this year's conference are two of its organizers, Russ Kinnel, Morningstar's Director of Fund Research, and Karen Dolan, Morningstar's Director of Fund Analysis. Thanks for joining me, guys.

Karen Dolan: Thanks, Christine.

Russel Kinnel: Good to be here.

Benz: So you've got a great assemblage of managers for this year's conference. I'd like to hear who you are most excited to hear from. Russ, let's start with you.

Kinnel: Well, at the top of my list is Jeffrey Gundlach who is doing the first keynote. As you know, he had remarkable performance last year and got fired from TCW in these incredible fights. I think, one, we want to hear what's his view on the market. You may remember he had a great prediction about subprime and the disaster that was coming a few years back, but I also think people just want to hear what's his organization like and really at core, is this someone we can trust with our money after all the nasty fighting that went on with TCW. So I think people are really going to be focused in on him.

I'll also be interested in hearing on at the very end of the conference Bill Miller of Legg Mason and Richie Freeman of ClearBridge are two managers we haven't heard from in a long time at the conference. So I think it will be really interesting to hear. These are both long-term buy and hold investors, but they're kind of in the blend-growth space. So it'll be really interesting to hear their views on what's attractive and really just to hear their philosophy.

Benz: Karen, how about you? Who you are looking forward to hearing from?

Dolan: It's hard to pick a favorite, but I am also looking forward to hearing from Gundlach and from the Monsters of Stock. That's the name of that panel with Bill Miller, Freeman, and Staley Cates from Longleaf.

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