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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 14.

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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.

If you're among the throngs sneaking in an IRA contribution before the April 18 tax deadline, director of personal finance Christine Benz offers 10 helpful do's and don'ts --including how to choose the right account and deciding which investments to put inside of it.

Director of fund research Russ Kinnel explored the phenomenon of funds holding large cash stakes. He outlines some scenarios where holding a bit of dry powder in a portfolio could be a good thing, and when it's a red flag. 

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