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Morningstar Runs the Numbers

We take a numerical look through this week's Morningstar research. Plus, our most popular articles and videos for the week ended April 7.

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Inspired by Harper's Index (with a tip of the hat to FiveThirtyEight's Significant Digits blog), Morningstar Runs the Numbers uses a numbers-based approach to highlight recent Morningstar research, along with some outside news stories.

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The Labor Department said Friday that the economy added only 98,000 jobs in March, below most market-watchers' expectations. However, unemployment rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.5%--the lowest level since May 2007. Director of economic analysis Bob Johnson says while month-to month employment numbers aren't too concerning in themselves, rising inflation paired with stagnant total wage growth hints that economic growth could be slow for rest of the year.  

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