Friday, July 11, 2014
Improving Your Finances
In Part 3 of a three-part interview, T. Rowe Price's Christine Fahlund addresses the highly debated issue of withdrawal rates and the merits of "practicing retirement."
Morningstar Minute: ETF Favorites
Due to a lack of consensus on the issue, many foreign large-blend and emerging-markets funds are underweight South Korean firms.
    Stock Investing
    With the uptick in merger and acquisition activity, whether it be for tax-inversion or strategic reasons, investors should focus on the target company, which can benefit from the deal immediately, says Morningstar's Matt Coffina.
    Heard on the Boards
    What specific factors will you be checking up on in your midyear review?
      Morningstar Minute
      Wide-Moat Spotlight
      These wide-moat companies offer very stable business models and sticky customer bases, but investors should wait for a better opportunity to buy shares.
        Morningstar Specialists
        Sam Lee: Rational Investing
        High-yield bonds are expensive, but if you absolutely demand high income, here's a closed-end fund to consider.
          Russ Kinnel: Fund Investing
          In all, we changed Morningstar Analyst Ratings on 15 funds in June.
            Rekenthaler Report
            The idea is good, but the benefits are overstated.
              Bob Johnson: Reading Indicators
              Shopping center data hit new highs, auto sales broke all expectations in June despite strong headwinds, and pending home sales made one of their biggest jumps in the recovery.
                Christine Benz: Real-life Finance
                In Part 2 of a three-part interview, T. Rowe Price's Christine Fahlund discusses getting the most out of Social Security benefits as well as longevity and long-term care insurance.
                  Josh Peters: Dividend Investing
                  P/Es could still rise further, but dividend investors should consider putting a ceiling on their purchase prices so they can maintain desired yields without paying
                  too much.
                    Matt Coffina: Wide-Moat Investing
                    StockInvestor editor Matt Coffina reviews the recent additions and subtractions to Morningstar's Wide Moat Focus Index as well as his current favorites among index constituents.
                      Real Life Finance
                      Five-Star Investor
                      When stocks have dropped, these funds tend to outperform their peers.
                        Stocks
                        Stock Strategist
                        We assign the e-commerce firm a wide moat rating ahead of its IPO.
                          Mutual Funds
                          Fund Spy
                          Highlights from Morningstar's 2014 Target-Date Series Research Paper.
                            ETFs
                            ETF Investing
                            Sector's robust comeback takes a turn so far in 2014.
                              Bonds
                              Video Report
                              Western Asset's Rob Amodeo explains how it's no longer a "set it and forget it" muni market, and he also details why he likes some Puerto Rican bonds.
                                Perspectives
                                Perspectives: Knowledge@Wharton
                                The after-effects of the Great Recession have dealt a blow to the middle market. Companies must change their innovation strategies to respond.
                                  Closed-End Funds
                                  CEF Weekly
                                  At midyear 2014, taxable-bond CEF categories like bank loan and high yield--which had strong runs last year--have had muted success, while preferred stock leads the pack.
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                                    -70.5
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                                    -8.2
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                                    NASDAQ
                                    4,396
                                    -22.8
                                    -0.5%
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                                    -21.7
                                    -0.4%
                                    Morningstar Small Cap
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                                    -58.7
                                    -0.8%
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                                    2 Year
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                                    5 Year
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                                    10 Year
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                                    30 Year
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