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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.

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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.

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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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