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  1. What's the College Degree Payoff?

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    Wed, 30 Jul 2014

    on the college-funding front is Adam Zoll . He is assistant site editor for Morningstar ..... Adam, thank you for being here. Adam Zoll : Thanks for having me. Benz: Adam ..... Let's talk about the findings there. Zoll : The Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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    me to discuss some recent developments on the college-funding front is Adam Zoll . He is assistant site editor for Morningstar.com. Adam, thank you for being here. Adam Zoll : Thanks for having me. Benz: Adam, a recent study looked at whether college is worth it. Let's talk about the findings there. Zoll : The Federal Reserve Bank of New York recently came out with some numbers looking at the return on investment for a college
    investment. Let's talk about the best-performing majors in terms of financial remuneration. Zoll : As one might expect, the STEM areas of study [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] did particularly well. Number one on the list,
    picture for new graduates since the Great Recession. Let's talk about that. Zoll : College grads may be outearning people without college degrees, but recent college grads are having trouble keeping up in terms of wage
  2. The Friday Five

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    Fri, 4 Jul 2014

    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll , and welcome to the Friday Five. Joining us as always with ..... thanks for being here. Jeremy Glaser: You're welcome, Adam. Zoll : This week we got some rather eye-opening jobs numbers. What

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    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll , and welcome to the Friday Five. Joining us as always with five events making news this week is Morningstar markets editor, Jeremy Glaser. Jeremy, thanks for being here. Jeremy Glaser: You're welcome, Adam. Zoll : This week we got some rather eye-opening jobs numbers. What can you tell us about that? Glaser: This jobs report was well
    report I think shows that plan is still very much on track. Zoll : While many investors here in the U.S. are keeping an eye on what the Fed is doing, you say, they should also
    system as a whole and not just at the Fed in isolation. Zoll : Again this week, Jeremy we saw some new record highs on Wall Street, including a milestone for the Dow. What does it
  3. Which Risk Factor Is Keeping You Up at Night?

    Commentary

    Mon, 30 Jun 2014

    Dear Morningstar.com Readers, In a recent article , Adam Zoll defined a number of common risk factors: interest-rate risk, currency risk, and geopolitical risk, to name but a few. Which

  4. What Do You Keep in Bucket #3?

    Commentary

    Mon, 23 Jun 2014

    So what's in your third bucket? We'll include some of your answers in an article to appear on Morningstar.com this Sunday, June 29. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Adam Zoll Assistant Site Editor Morningstar.com

  5. 5 Takeaways From the 2014 Morningstar Investment Conference

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    Sat, 21 Jun 2014

    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll and welcome to The Friday Five. Today, we're at the Morningstar ..... thanks for being here. Jeremy Glaser: You're welcome, Adam. Zoll : The first thing you have for us involves emerging-markets

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    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll and welcome to The Friday Five. Today, we're at the Morningstar Investment Conference, and here with five key takeaways from the conference is Morningstar's markets editor Jeremy Glaser. Jeremy, thanks for being here. Jeremy Glaser: You're welcome, Adam. Zoll : The first thing you have for us involves emerging-markets bonds. What did you learn? Glaser: [TICKER:TPINX] [Templeton Global Bond manager] Michael Hasenstab kicked
    good lesson that you can't treat all of these markets the same. Zoll : From emerging-markets bonds to emerging-markets equities, there was also a discussion about how international investing in general is sort of changing in
    You have to be objective-based. You can't just look at those benchmarks. Zoll : Our keynote speaker of the conference this year was Bill Gross, founder of PIMCO. He spoke about this "New Neutral" concept and
  6. 5 Often-Misused Fund Figures

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    Fri, 13 Jun 2014

    this week is assistant site editor Adam Zoll . He has brought five often-misused fund ..... statistics. Adam, thanks for joining me. Adam Zoll : Happy to be here. Stipp: Before we ..... by themselves when they shouldn't be. Zoll : Exactly, these are not statistics that

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    Sitting in for Jeremy Glaser this week is assistant site editor Adam Zoll . He has brought five often-misused fund statistics. Adam, thanks for joining me. Adam Zoll : Happy to be here. Stipp: Before we get started with these often-misused fund data points, it's important to point out that it's not that they're bad. It's just that they can be used in the wrong way, out of context, or by themselves when they shouldn't be. Zoll : Exactly, these are not statistics that one should ignore by any means. It's just that you need to use them in the proper context. Stipp: The first one is obviously a very important one, but it doesn't give you the whole picture, and that's total return. What's the wrong way that total returns can be used, and how should you think about total returns? Zoll : Total return may be the most important of all fund metrics for many investors. However, it's important to remember that the total
    at the wrong times, if they were using such a volatile fund. Zoll : Right. Stipp: The second one, Adam, is annualized return. This is looking at a fund's trailing five-year returns or trailing 10-year returns. It could be a useful data point, but it also may hide some things as well. Zoll : It's important to remember that this is actually an average return for a fund over a given time period. So, a 10-year
    great rating, but you wouldn't want to use it just by itself. Zoll : Exactly. The fund star rating represents how the fund has performed in the past. It's not predictive necessarily of how the fund
  7. Fund Returns Put 529 Plans to the Test

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    Fri, 30 May 2014

    Adam Zoll : I'm Adam Zoll . Morningstar's annual 529 survey has just been released and here ..... Kathryn, thanks for being here. Kathryn Spica: Thanks for having me. Zoll : In your analysis, you compare the performance of 529 portfolios

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    Adam Zoll : I'm Adam Zoll . Morningstar's annual 529 survey has just been released and here to talk about some of the key findings is Kathryn Spica. She is a senior fund analyst here at Morningstar and a co-author of the report. Kathryn, thanks for being here. Kathryn Spica: Thanks for having me. Zoll : In your analysis, you compare the performance of 529 portfolios versus comparable traditional mutual funds. What did you find with regard to
    and we saw a pretty big gap across some of the categories. Zoll : Which categories in particular seemed to lag when you invest via a 529 plan? Spica: The majority of them did. The larger gaps were in the large-value categories and the conservative-allocation category. Zoll : You mentioned that these are for static portfolios. Those are the portfolios that never change and keep the allocation set. What about
    benchmarks from Morningstar. So within both cases, 529 plans also fell short. Zoll : And is there any way to describe why exactly there was that shortfall, not only in the age-based allocation, but also in
  8. Your Biggest Negative Surprise in Retirement

    Commentary

    Tue, 27 May 2014

    a big surprise or a small one. We'll feature a selection of responses in an article to appear on Morningstar.com this Sunday, June 1. We look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Adam Zoll Assistant Site Editor Morningstar.com

  9. Improve Your Financial Aid Eligibility With These Tips

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    Sun, 25 May 2014

    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll . Parents whose children will enter college in the next few years ..... with us today by phone. Scott Weingold: Thanks for having me. Zoll : Scott, when we talk about need-based financial aid, let

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    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll . Parents whose children will enter college in the next few years may have their hopes set on receiving need-based financial aid, but how can improve their odds? Here with some tips is Scott Weingold; he is the co-founder of the College Planning Network. Scott, thanks for being with us today by phone. Scott Weingold: Thanks for having me. Zoll : Scott, when we talk about need-based financial aid, let's first lay some of the groundwork. What are some of the key numbers
    attendance, then typically they are not eligible for any need-based financial aid. Zoll : This income and assets is from the year before they apply for financial aid that is relevant? Weingold: Correct, it's Jan. 1 of the junior year until Dec. 31 of the senior year, which is what's known as the base income year, and that's essentially the first year that [lending officials are] going to look at when [students] go to apply for aid by filling up the FAFSA form the following January. Zoll : Presumably you want to reduce the amount of income and assets that count against financial aid. Let's first talk about income. Are
    to get that bonus until after they actually complete the FAFSA form. Zoll : What about family assets? Is there a way to put assets in a place where it counts less against financial aid, or
  10. Retirees: Run the Numbers on Munis

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    Tue, 13 May 2014

    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll , and welcome to The Retirement Radar. Many investors turned ..... being with us. Christine Benz: Adam, it's great to be here. Zoll : What has driven this rebound in muni bonds since these scares

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    Adam Zoll : For Morningstar, I'm Adam Zoll , and welcome to The Retirement Radar. Many investors turned their backs on municipal bonds in 2013, but that may have been a mistake. Here to talk about these and other developments of interest to retirees is Christine Benz, Morningstar's director of personal finance. Christine, thanks for being with us. Christine Benz: Adam, it's great to be here. Zoll : What has driven this rebound in muni bonds since these scares in 2013? We heard about Detroit; we heard about Puerto Rico.
    strong performance across the board, but especially with longer-duration and/or credit-sensitive bonds. Zoll : For investors who still are interested in muni bonds, is it too late to get in on this, or are there still
    your yield by investing in the muni fund versus the taxable fund. Zoll : Switching gears now. One of the more difficult conversations that many retirees and their family members have to have is what their
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