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Correction to "Investors Return to U.S. Equity Funds in October"
Nov. 19, 2021--A previous version of this report underestimated the trailing 12-month flows for Dimensional Fund Advisors by approximately $4.7 billion because of an error in the September flows for one fund, Dimensional World ex US Core Equity 2 ETF DFAX. DFA's total TTM estimated flows were negative $16.3 billion at the end of October rather than negative $20.5 billion.

Correction to "How a Little Bitcoin Can Change Your 60/40 Portfolio a Lot"
Nov. 11. 2021--This article was updated to correct the omission of a drawdown period in Exhibit 4.

Correction to "The Number of New Sustainable Funds Hits an All-Time Record"
Nov. 8, 2021--This article was updated to include the correct 2021 information for Harbor Funds.

Correction to "The Number of New Sustainable Funds Hits an All-Time Record"
Nov. 8, 2021--This version of the article has a corrected Flows table and removed reference to the number of top flow-getters launched in the third quarter.

Correction to "What Banks' Climate Pledges Mean for Energy and Utility Stocks"
Nov. 5, 2021--The article was updated to correct the name of the analyst from Calvert. His name is Dan Dorman.

Correction to "Investors Turn to Foreign Stocks in August"
Oct. 4, 2021--The final exhibit of this article was corrected to show that Dimensional Fund Advisors recorded inflows of $176 million in August 2021 instead of $80 million in outflows.

Correction to "Green Muni Bonds Are Blooming Slowly"
Oct. 1, 2021--This article was updated to correct the market caps of the S&P Municipal Bond Index and the S&P U.S. Municipal Green Bond Index.

Correction to "Why Funds Die"
Sept. 28, 2021--This article was updated to correct the information about Invesco in the Fund Closures by Fund Provider exhibit.

Correction to Delaware Ivy International Core Equity 
Sept. 13, 2021--This analysis from Aug. 27, 2021, was corrected to reflect a Parent rating of Above Average rather than the Average rating that was initially published. This resulted in the Morningstar Analyst Ratings for the I and R6 share classes being changed to Silver from the incorrect Bronze ratings that were initially published for those share classes. All other pillar ratings and share class ratings were correct.

Correction to "Vanguard Total Bond Market: A Success Story"
Aug. 20, 2021--Edited after publication to correct the initial investment mentioned in Exhibit 5.

Correction to "Sequence of Returns: What It Means and How to Deal"
Aug. 10, 2021--Numbers in Exhibit 2 were corrected.

Correction to "Using Annuities During Retirement"
Aug. 2, 2021--Numbers in Exhibit 2 were corrected.

Correction to "The Promise and Peril of Ethereum, Part II"
Aug. 2, 2021--This article was corrected to remove a reference to ether recovering most of its losses since its May price drop.

Correction to "T. Rowe Price's CEO to Retire"
July 30, 2021--This article was corrected to indicate that Bill Stromberg's start date as T. Rowe Price's chair of the board of directors was 2019, not 2016.

Correction to MFS Emerging Markets Equity
July 26, 2021--This July 22, 2021, report was changed to add the correct reasons for the future departures of Robert Lau and Jose Luis Garcia.

Correction to "Using History's Lessons to Evaluate Today's Investments"
May 25, 2021--This article corrected the reference to Exhibit 1. It addresses the interest rate of long-term government bonds, not corporate bonds. 

Correction to "David Swensen: The Peter Lynch of Institutional Investing"
May 12, 2021--The name and ticker symbol of Vanguard Wellington VWELX were corrected.

Correction to "A Process Tweak at Brown Capital Management Small Company Doesn't Impact Ratings"
April 26, 2021--This fund analyst note was corrected to state that Brown Capital Management changed the fund's prospectus to say it now seeks companies with up to $500 million of operating revenue, not at least $500 million of such revenue.

Correction to "Vanguard Mishap Leads to an Estimated $200 Million Windfall for Investors"
April 22, 2021--This article was updated to indicate that Vanguard has taken sole responsibility for crafting the unintentionally riskier allocations in The Vanguard 529 Plan. 

Correction to "How and When to Take Your RMD"
April 15, 2021--The reference to the elimination of the RMD requirement was changed to correct the year to 2020.

Correction to "Emerging-Markets Equities: A Promise Half-Fulfilled"
April 12, 2021--This article was edited to add a clarification about the average net worth of China's parliamentary members.

Correction to BlackRock LifePath Index Series
March 31, 2021--Because of an error, the Morningstar Analyst Rating for the 2030 fund's class 15 and 35 share classes were incorrect. We have corrected the Analyst Ratings to Silver and Gold, from Gold and Silver, respectively.

Correction to "Did GameStop Put Congress on the Right Track to Improving Trading Regulation?" 
March 28, 2021--An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed a statement to Citadel CEO Kenneth Griffin. The full quote, "When your broker is being paid for order flow, you get a worse execution," was said by Rep. Brad Sherman, D-California, during the U.S. House Financial Services Committee hearing last month. 

Correction to "Your 2021 Tax Fact Sheet and Calendar"
March 26, 2021--An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that May 17, 2021, is the deadline for estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2021. The deadline is April 15, 2021.

Correction to Analyst Note for American Funds Income Fund of America  
March 9, 2021--Morningstar published an analyst note that incorrectly stated that American Funds Income Fund of America's dividend is being cut. This note has since been published for the correct fund, American Funds Capital Income Builder.

Correction to VMware CEO Departure Provides Buying Opportunity
March 4, 2021--This Stock Analyst Update was corrected to list author Mark Cash.

Correction to Baird Aggregate Bond Report
Feb. 19, 2021--The Feb. 11, 2021, report included a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Silver for Baird Aggregate Bond Institutional BAGIX. This was in error, and it has since been corrected to a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold.

Correction to "Required Minimum Distributions: Why All the Tinkering?"
Feb. 17, 2021--An earlier version of this article stated that the QLAC purchase limit was $125,000. This was corrected to $135,000. 

Feb. 24, 2021--An earlier version of this article stated that the SECURE Act lifted the age at which you must take RMDs to 72 1/2. This was corrected to 72. 

Correction to How Fares the World's Largest 401(k) Plan?
Feb. 16, 2021--This article was been updated to correct the asset allocation of Lifecyle Income.

Correction to "Vanguard's Target-Date Fund Flows Plummet in 2020"
After publication, Exhibit 2 was corrected regarding American Funds' 2020 net flows and percentage change.

Correction to "Funds for 2021 and Beyond"
The January 2021 issue of FundInvestor incorrectly stated that Artisan International Value ARTKX gained just 1% in 2020. The correct figure was 8.5%, which was just slightly below the return of category peers and benchmark. The text in this article has been changed to remove the incorrect reference to Artisan's returns in 2020.

Correction to "Does Your Portfolio Need Bitcoin?"
This article was updated to remove a reference to Guggenheim Macro Opportunities GIOIX seeking SEC approval to invest up to 10% of its assets in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust GBTC. After the article went to press, we were informed that this is no longer the case. We also revised the article to clarify that Osprey Bitcoin Trust is currently available as a private placement.

Correction to "Indirect Roth IRA Contributions: Backdoor or Trapdoor?"
Jan. 20, 2021--An earlier version of this article reversed the terminology in the Don examples. It has been corrected to list taxable and income-excludible where appropriate.  

Correction to "Your 2021 Tax Fact Sheet and Calendar"
Jan. 19, 2021--An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that catchup contributions are available for SEP IRAs. The total contribution limit for SEP IRAs is $58,000 in 2021 regardless of the contributor's age.

Correction to Morningstar Quantitative Ratings
An error was detected with the Morningstar Quantitative Ratings published as of Oct. 31, 2020, and Nov. 30, 2020. Some of these Morningstar Quantitative Ratings consumed missing and incorrect data as part of the process to generate the final ratings.

All Morningstar Quantitative Ratings for open-end mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, annuity subaccounts, and separate accounts published as of Oct. 31, 2020, and Nov. 30, 2020, have been removed. Morningstar Quantitative Ratings are being displayed as of Sept. 30, 2020.

Correction to Market Update "Contrarian Tilts for Your Portfolio"
The original version of this article published on Jan. 4, 2021, incorrectly stated the Morningstar Quantitative Ratings for four funds. In Exhibit 4, the ratings for iShares Global Energy ETF, iShares U.S. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF, and John Hancock Multifactor Energy ETF were changed to Silver from Gold. In Exhibit 6, TCW Enhanced Commodity Strategy's rating was corrected to Silver from Gold (Jan. 6, 2021). 

An earlier version of the article displayed data and ratings for iShares Global Financials ETF in Exhibit 5. The fund was replaced with iShares U.S. Financials ETF (Jan. 6, 2021). 

Exhibits 4, 5, and 6 were updated to indicate that the Morningstar Quantitative Ratings were as of Sept. 30, 2020 (Jan. 6, 2021).

Correction to "Required Minimum Distributions: Why All the Tinkering?"
An earlier version of this article stated that the QLAC limit was $125,000. This has been corrected to $135,000.

Correction to Advisor Digest e-newsletter
The e-newsletter from Dec. 8, 2020, included an incorrect headline. Dan Fuss is not retiring from Loomis Sayles; he is stepping away from portfolio management duties.

Correction to Credit Suisse Asset Management Parent Analysis
The analysis from Nov. 13, 2020, was corrected to identify the firm's new head of the Americas.

Correction to Analyst Report--SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Growth ETF 
The report for SPDR Portfolio S&P 500 Growth ETF (SPYG) that was published on April 30, 2020, had the fund's Morningstar Analyst Rating listed as Bronze. It has been corrected to Silver. 

Disclosure Correction to Several Articles
Nov. 30, 2020--An earlier version of several articles/videos incorrectly stated that the primary analyst did not own any shares in any of the securities mentioned. At the time of publication of each article, a family member of the analyst owned shares in Stryker SYK in an account managed by a third party. Morningstar has confirmed that her ownership of Stryker did not influence any ratings or analysis. This correction applies to: 

  • July 2020: "Backlog Grows for Orthopedic Procedures" 
  • December 2019 video: "Orthopedic Robots Have a Promising Future" 
  • July 2018: "Stryker Posts Another Strong Quarter" 
  • December 2017: "We Like Zimmer's Pick for CEO" 
  • August 2016: "Will Robots Take Their Place in Orthopedics?" 
  • May 2016 video: "This Medical Device Maker Is Ankles and Shoulders Ahead"

Correction to GA Path2College 529 Plan
Oct. 30, 2020--The report from Oct. 27, 2020, was corrected to show the accurate deductions and equity stakes. 

Correction to Advisor Insights "Providing for Minor Children After SECURE"
Oct. 13, 2020--An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the ages for full distribution of traditional IRA-funded trusts.

Correction to Commentary "How Big Fund Families Voted on Climate Change: 2020 Edition"
Oct. 2, 2020--An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the level of Fidelity ex-Geode's support of disclosure requests. Geode supported a majority of climate-related disclosure requests, not both Fidelity ex-Geode and Geode.

Correction to Analyst Note--MFS Massachusetts Investors Trust
Sept. 9, 2020--The Analyst Note about MFS Massachusetts Investors Trust (MITTX) that was published on June 30, 2020, had an incorrect date regarding the retirement of manager Kevin Beatty. He will retire on Sept. 30, 2021, not 2020.

Correction to Stock Analyst Note--China Telecom
Aug. 19, 2020--In the China Telecom note published Aug. 19, we replaced the retail section of the original note, which had been published with old information.

Here is the corrected text:

China Telecom reported a reasonable first-half result in the circumstances with revenue increasing by 2% and both EBITDA and net profit broadly flat. It did report the best revenue growth numbers in the Chinese telecom sector in the second quarter with service revenue growing 4.3% compared with the industry average of 3.4% but second-quarter operating profit was down 3.6% with operating costs up 6.1%. Revenue growth for China Telecom was much more evenly spread with mobile services and wireline services both growing at around 2.5% for the first half. 

We retain our fair value estimate for China Telecom at HKD 4.54 (USD 59 per ADR) representing only 17.3 times 2020 forecast earnings per share. The stock has moved back to 4-star territory after the 20% share price rise over the past 2 weeks but still looks reasonable value. We make no changes to our no-moat rating for China Telecom which stems from its returns remaining below WACC. Its returns have remained below WACC for each of the past 10 years and we expect this to remain the case in our forecast period despite our expectation that returns will improve. We forecast operating income to grow at an average of 5% per year over the next five years.

China Telecom’s mobile services revenue, which accounts for 48% of the total, was up 2.5% in the first half. This continues the trend of China Telecom taking market share in mobiles given China Unicom’s mobile services revenue was down 2.8% and China Mobile’s was down 1.6% over the same period. Mobile data pricing trends indicate competition levels are declining. Industry unit mobile data pricing declined at an average of around 50% per year from 2016 until the first half of 2019. This pricing decline was down to 22% in first-half 2020. We see this as a sign of more rational competition among the mobile operators.

Correction to Analyst Report--Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond R6
Aug. 6, 2020--In the analysis published on July 17, 2020, the Morningstar Analyst Rating for Nuveen All-American Municipal Bond R6 (FAAWX) was incorrect due to an error in the prospectus adjusted operating expense ratio. The share class' rating has been corrected to Bronze.

Correction to Investing Specialists "Understanding the 4 Key Annuities Types"
Aug. 3, 2020--An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the amount that an investor can use in a qualified longevity annuity contract. A QLAC allows an individual to steer up to $135,000 ($270,000 for married couples) from an IRA into a deferred annuity, not $125,000 ($250,000 for married couples).

Correction to Analyst Report--First Trust High Yield Long/Short
Aug. 3, 2020--First Trust High Yield Long/Short (HYLS) was republished with a correct Morningstar Analyst Rating of Neutral after an error in the prospectus adjusted operating expense ratio was corrected. 

Correction to Sept. 10, 2019, article
July 23, 2020--A previous version of the Sept. 10, 2019, article by Sarah Newcomb titled "The Present Bias Booby Trap" incorrectly stated that Amos Tversky won a Nobel Prize for his work on Prospect Theory.

Correction to July 13, 2020, Fund Spy 
July 14, 2020--An earlier version of the Fund Spy titled "The 10 Biggest Fee Cuts of the Year" mistakenly included two FPA funds. FPA Crescent's (FPACX) fee actually declined just 2 basis points, and FPA International Value's FPIVX was flat at 1.29%. We have removed them from the text and table. 

Correction to Structured Notes: Buyer Beware May 26, 2020
June 5, 2020--An earlier version of this white paper incorrectly included simulated results on Page 6 based on a two-year maturity length instead of a 2.5-year maturity length. The corrected results show a $1,042 expected value of all payouts, a 1.67% mean rate of annualized return, and 2,048 different payout-stream possibilities (instead of $1,033, 1.65%, and 512, respectively).

Correction to Sustainability Matters April 9, 2020
June 2, 2020--Exhibit 1 was replaced with a corrected version.

Correction to Morningstar Quantitative Ratings
Feb. 7, 2020--During the January 2020 production of Morningstar Quantitative Ratings for funds, pillar scores did not update for a portion of the global universe, with 0.5% of share classes affected. Those share classes were rated using the prior month’s pillars. The issue has been corrected and will update during February’s production.


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