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Weekly Wrap: How the Election and Coronavirus Could Impact Market Recovery, Trends, and More

We recap the week on Morningstar.com and note the most popular stocks, funds, and exchange-traded funds.

Editor's note: Read the latest on how the coronavirus is rattling the markets and what investors can do to navigate it.

Editor's Picks
What the Election May Mean for Retirees and Healthcare
The next administration will face several healthcare-related issues. Contributor Mark Miller unpacks some of them.

Will a Turbulent Election Derail Economic Recovery?
As Election Day nears and the coronavirus vaccine trials continue, headlines may lead to volatility, but we expect economic rebound to keep on.

Considering Bond Alternatives: Preferred Stocks and Utilities
Higher income and likely better returns, but with greater risk.

Can Baby Bonds Shrink the Racial Wealth Gap?
Mapping out a path to greater racial wealth equity with baby bonds.

Dollars to Doctors: How the Coronavirus Could Reshape Healthcare Spending
Are this year's healthcare trends a short-term disruption, or will they continue to impact where our dollars go?

Economic Outlook: We Don't Think the Market's Too Optimistic
We forecast a strong long-run U.S. recovery.

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz
Why Your Investment Strategy Should Fit on an Index Card
Distilling your investment approach into a few sentences can further some important goals.

4 Ways the Pandemic Is Affecting Long-Term Care
COVID-19 has disproportionately affected people in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Will lasting change follow?

Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds
U.S. Equity Funds Press Higher but Fade Late in the Third Quarter
Investors pile into what's working.

Mutual Fund Capital Gains in 2020: What to Expect
As that time of the year approaches, our experts discuss what investors should anticipate.

A Downgrade for a Distinctive Bond Fund
Templeton Global Bond's high-conviction approach amplifies the potential risk as well as reward in the short run.

One More Potential Reason to Invest Abroad
Foreign companies tend to have less debt than their U.S. counterparts.

More Gains for International-Equity Funds in the Third Quarter
Strong growth in Asia, especially China, drives stellar emerging-markets returns.

A Silver-Rated ETF Filled With Dividend Diehards
This fund only invests in the most disciplined dividend payers.

2 Best-of-Breed ESG ETFs
New research from Morningstar unpacks the different ways exchange-traded funds pursue sustainable investing.

A Unique Choice for Income-Seekers
Fidelity Real Estate Income's wide-ranging and eclectic strategy makes this fund stand out.

The Morningstar Factor Profile: A New Way to Better Understand Funds
The Morningstar Factor Profile complements the Morningstar Style Box, incorporating additional factors that further explain funds’ exposures to well-documented sources of long-term returns.

Stocks
Stock Market Outlook: Finding Opportunity Beyond Mega-Caps
Although the market's largest names are pricey, we see several pockets of value.

Are Independent Refiners Still Competitive?
Despite a difficult market, their advantages are intact.

Consumer Behavior Changes Reshape Restaurant Industry
While we believe that most publicly traded restaurant companies will survive COVID-related disruptions, we still believe that the worst may be yet come for the broader industry.

Quarterly Markets Summary: 7 Charts on Q3 Stock and Bond Markets 
We share some highlights from this quarter.

33 Undervalued Stocks for the Fourth Quarter
Here are our analysts' top ideas in each sector.

Tap Into This Cheap Beverage Maker
In the somewhat frothy consumer defensive sector, alcoholic beverage producers look cheap.

Coronavirus Zapped Energy Stocks
When will crude oil recover?

What a Wells Notice Means for GE
It may not be as bad as it looks.

Stock Analyst Updates
IBM Spins Off Infrastructure Services Business
The narrow-moat company claims this will help its remaining business focus on its hybrid cloud solutions.

Morgan Stanley to Acquire Eaton Vance
The nearly $7 billion deal values the asset manager at $56 a share.

What Eaton Vance Purchase Means for Morgan Stanley
We don't expect to change our fair value estimate for narrow-moat Morgan Stanley.

Rekenthaler Report
The Math for Retirement Income Keeps Getting Worse
Revisiting the 4% withdrawal rule.

Advisor Insights
How To Help Your Client With Sudden Wealth
The side effects of suddenly coming into money.

The Long View Podcast
Lazetta Rainey Braxton: Financial Planning for 'The Rest of Us'
A leading financial advisor discusses her digital-only firm, their diverse population of clients, and how to make the advisory profession more inclusive.

The Short Answer
Why You Should Fill Out the FAFSA (Even If You Think It's a Waste of Time)
The FAFSA for the 2021-22 school year is now available. Put it on your to-do list.

Commentary
What Bad Returns at the Wrong Time Can Mean for College
The order in which returns unfold over time can either help or hurt.

How the Election May Impact Policy
Policies for financial advice, 401(k)s, and more can take a turn depending on results.

The Future of ESG in Retirement Investing
Do investors have sustainable fund options in defined-contribution plans?

Most Requested Stock Quotes
Apple
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AT&T
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