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Weekly Wrap: The Coronavirus Crash, Women in Investing, and More

We recap the week on 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.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is selling his first-ever tweet from 2006 as a nonfungible token; the crypto collectible could fetch $2.5 million for charity. In other financial news this week, shares of GameStop (GME) fell 40% in 25 minutes, and the SEC warned investors to not invest in special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs, based solely on a celebrity’s involvement.

Really--the SEC had to warn people not to do that?

Just when I thought I’d gotten lost in a speculative funhouse, good news arrived: Morningstar’s director of personal finance (and my longtime friend) Christine Benz had been named one of Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance for a second year--coinciding with International Women’s Day.

Christine is more than worthy of this accolade, as frequent readers of this newsletter already know. In fact, her work embodies what “smart investing” is all about--putting your goals first, saving diligently, controlling the factors that you can (such as taxes and costs), and keeping your investments simple yet diversified. No shorting, cryptocurrencies, or celebrity endorsements required.

Christine's advice is the thoughtful, commonsense antidote to the get-rich-quick mindset dominating the financial media today.

Congratulations, Christine--and keep that practical financial advice coming. Now I just need to figure out how to turn your very first column from into a nonfungible token.

--Susan Dziubinski

Editor's Picks
Special Report: Women and Investing
We take a look at the challenges women face as investors and the steps they can take to improve their retirement outcomes.

The Conventional Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin
Is the currency worth owning?

5 Stocks to Spend Your Stimulus Check On
These familiar brands are all undervalued today.

The First Question You Should Ask About In-Retirement Withdrawal Rates
Striking the right balance between what's sustainable and what's livable is job one.

3 Important Manager Changes This Year
Our take on the changes at T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth and two other funds.

In Long History of Market Crashes, Coronavirus Crash Is Short
The year may have been unprecedented, but the best course for navigating a market dip stayed the same.

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz
How Do Women Really Invest?
A closer look at the data suggest that income may be the real determinant of women's investing choices.

Keep These Things in Mind During Tax Season
2020's not over--at least when it comes to taxes.

Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds
Past Performance Has Been Predictive Lately. Wait, What?
Winning funds have kept on winning while losing funds have continued to lag in recent years. Have the rules changed?

These T. Rowe Price Funds Find Gold
Morningstar analysts rated 926 share classes and vehicles and 246 unique strategies in February.

Manager Question of the Month: The China Conundrum
Stock fund managers consider the trade-offs of investing in China.

Navigating an Ocean of ESG Strategies
Here's a simple framework to make sense of what's available.

An Upgrade for the T. Rowe Price Retirement Target-Date Series
The series' cheapest share classes now earn a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold.

What IVA's Unusual Move Means for Its Fund Shareholders
International Value Advisers is winding down its operations.

Higher Valuations, Lower Risk for 2 Big Banks
We think JPMorgan and Wells Fargo are worth more with less uncertainty now.

Why I'm Lukewarm on Real Estate
Despite their burly yields, REITs are not as compelling as they used to be.

A New Favorite Stock From Top Managers
Several of our Ultimate Stock-Pickers put new money toward this name last quarter.

Our Ultimate Stock-Pickers' Top 10 Buys and Sells
Funds see value in a diverse range of sectors.

14 Undervalued Small-Cap Stocks
These stocks all have narrow or wide economic moats and are undervalued by our metrics.

Why More Stimulus Can Do Only So Much for the U.S. Economy
Productive capacity, not stimulus, is what drives the economy’s long-term potential GDP.

2 Overlooked Stocks
Our analysts think Wall Street has it wrong about these fundamentally sound names.

Rekenthaler Report
When Stocks Become Collectibles
The anecdotes entertain, but the economic implications should not be ignored.

Advisor Insights
Our Favorite Model Portfolios for Advisors
We've doubled our coverage of model portfolios. These are our top picks.

How Advisors Can Help LGBTQ Clients With Planning
Here are some tips to consider and mishaps to avoid when working with the LGBTQ community.

Can a Trust Transfer an IRA to a Trust Beneficiary?
The answer is yes, but there are caveats.

The Long View Podcast
Bill Bernstein: We're Starting to See all of the Signs of a Bubble
The author and investment advisor joins us for our 100th episode to discuss his new book, value stocks and inflation, and the current market environment.

Sustainability Matters
Biden Administration Will Improve Regulatory Climate for Sustainable Investing
The rule from the Trump administration will not be enforced by the DOL.

The Weekend Pitch: What You Need to Know From the Past Week
Instacart, Uber, Coupang, and Deliveroo are just some of the big names making big delivery news in this roundup from PitchBook, a Morningstar company.

When It Comes to Funds, Read the Fine Print
Morningstar’s analysis of global disclosure practices serves as a reminder that there’s no excuse not to become an informed investor.

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