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Weekly Wrap: Fed Rate Hikes, Cash Strategies, and Today's Best Stocks

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

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Editor's Picks

Should You Diversify by Style?
With stock styles often showing divergent performance, investors don't necessarily need to travel overseas to add diversification to their portfolios.

How Much Cash Should You Have on Hand Today?
Enough for an emergency fund, but some investors should set aside even more cash. Here's why.

The 10 Best Companies to Invest in Now
The undervalued stocks of high-quality companies are compelling investments today.

Fed Steps Up the Pace of Rate Hikes to Fight Inflation
Investors should expect additional rate increases even as Powell throws cold water on the idea of a still more aggressive path.

Yes, RMDs Can Improve Your Portfolio
Required minimum distribution-related tax bills hurt, but surgical pruning of problem positions can help you raise cash and reduce risk.

3 Popular ETFs to Avoid
Is ARK Innovation ETF on the list?

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz

Positioning a Portfolio in Early Retirement
A frugal couple assesses their portfolio in the midst of volatility and a transition to true retirement.

Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds

What Gives an Edge to iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF?
AGG is one of the best bond funds around, says Morningstar's analyst. Here's why.

Turbulent Markets Spark ETF Outflows in April
U.S. ETFs endure their first month of outflows since 2019 as stocks and bonds both retreat.

What Are Carbon Markets, and Should You Invest in Them?
The appeal of investing in carbon markets has to be weighed against their risks.

3 Funds Run by Top Managers
These stock and bond fund management teams earn our highest rating.

Addressing Common 529 Plan Concerns
We answer your questions about 529 college savings plan investment choices, fees, impact on aid, and withdrawals.

Stocks

Should Dividend Investors Buy No-Moat REITs?
None of the real estate investment trusts that Morningstar covers has carved out an economic moat. Here's why.

4 Overpriced Utilities Stocks to Avoid
The rotation into defensive stocks has lifted utilities shares, but many are now overvalued and the outlook is risky.

2022 Selloff Has Left the U.S. Stock Market Undervalued
Flight to safety pushes defensive sectors too high while leaving growth stocks attractively priced.

Dividend Investors: Avoid These REITs
REITs with high yields often aren’t the best investments. Here’s why.

Is Warner Bros. Discovery a Buy?
Recently spun out from AT&T, WBD joins the streaming wars with Netflix and Disney—and the stock is undervalued.

Rekenthaler Report

Have Growth Stocks Bottomed?
They are off to their worst start since the Great Depression.

There Is Only One Diamond Hand
The others are merely lottery tickets.

Sustainability Matters

U.S. Sustainable Fund Flows Slid in First-Quarter 2022
But demand showed resilience amid a broader U.S. market slowdown.

Climate, Diversity Resolutions Among Key Themes in This Year’s Proxy Season Five things you should know from Sustainalytics' stewardship director Jackie Cook.

More Companies Face Backlash on Social Issues. Is Citigroup the Next Disney?
As Citi assists workers who want to seek abortions, a Texas lawmaker wants to stop the bank from underwriting bonds.

The Long View Podcast

Jim Grant: 'Rising Interest Rates Are the Kryptonite of Financial Assets'
The esteemed author and researcher on whether inflation will stick, the likelihood of recession, monetary policy’s proper role, and more.

Commentary

The Hidden Costs of Trading Cryptocurrency
Converting dollars to digital assets is far from frictionless.

How Tax-Efficient Withdrawals Can Enhance Retirement Income
Dr. William Reichenstein shares his expert advice on retirement and tax planning.

Most Requested Stock Quotes

Amazon
Apple
Meta
Microsoft
Berkshire Hathaway

Most Requested Fund Quotes

Fidelity 500 Index
Dodge & Cox Stock
Vanguard 500 Index Admiral
Vanguard Dividend Growth Inv
Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx Adm

Most Requested ETF Quotes

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF
Vanguard S&P 500 ETF
Invesco QQQ Trust
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF