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Five 'Moaty' ETFs to Fortify Investors' Portfolios

These ETFs will let long-term investors sleep at night.

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The euphoria of the stock market's three-month rally is wearing off. Over the past several months we've witnessed investor sentiment shift from fear of being invested in the market to fear of missing the rally and back full circle again to fear of being long the market. Concerns weighing on the minds of investors include the possibility of rampant inflation, a tapped-out consumer, relatively tight credit conditions, and rising unemployment. Interestingly, as the market's rally has sputtered, the CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX (commonly referred to as the market's fear gauge) has been steadily decreasing. In fact, at a level of 25.64% on June 29, the index is about half of where it stood on March 9--the current low of this market cycle.

At Morningstar, we're not market-timers--far from it. But, at the same time, we're cognizant of the market environment and not about to get lulled into a state of complacency just because the market rallied for a few weeks. Neither should you.

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John Gabriel does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.