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Five Picks for a Slow-Growth Economy

Two Morningstar experts offer tips on how to manage during--and even profit from--a sluggish economic environment.

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The current economic recovery has been tepid at best--right in line with PIMCO's vision of a "new normal." Indeed, the persistently high levels of unemployment, a still-troubled housing market, and gloomy economic reports all point to the fact that we're muddling through a low- (or no-) growth environment--one fraught with ongoing tension and weakness.  

But does this slow-growth climate necessarily translate into stagnant investment returns? How should savvy investors be positioning their portfolios? To help answer those questions, we sought the wisdom of Morningstar StockInvestor editor Paul Larson and Morningstar DividendInvestor editor Josh Peters. They weighed in with their views on the current state of the economy and provided ideas regarding investments that may hold up well--and even benefit from--this kind of environment.

Esther Pak does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.