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Weekly Wrap: Top Growth Ideas, Big Tobacco, Bonds vs. Cash

We recap the week on Morningstar.com and note the most popular stocks, funds, and ETFs.

Editor's Picks
Cash Versus Bond Fund: Which Is Better?
The answer depends on what you're trying to accomplish--and the product you choose.

Big Value in Big Tobacco
Potential vaping regulations have limited impact on our valuations.

The Best Growth Funds
These growth-focused funds all earn Morningstar Analyst Ratings of Silver or better.

4 Strategies for Improving Your Portfolio Without Triggering Extra Taxes
Addressing portfolio problem spots often involves a tax bill; here's how to avoid paying extra and possibly even save.

What Should I Do With a 401(k) From My Old Job?
Weighing the pros and cons will help you choose the best option.

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz
Women Still Lag Men in Retirement Saving. Why?
Judith Ward from T. Rowe Price discusses new research on retirement preparedness by gender and by generation.

Mutual Funds and Exchange Traded Funds
How Fund Managers Are Using Big Data
With big data comes big questions.

3 Recently Downgraded Funds
Personnel changes, relatively high costs, and a shrinking asset base led us to re-evaluate our ratings on these funds.

Should You Worry About CLOs in Your Funds?
Cracks in the underlying bank-loan market are spawning worry over this market.

Short-Term Treasury ETFs Offer Safety, but Not Much Else
These ETFs protect against inflation and the potential for loss of principal.

Kinnel's Favorite Short-Term Bond Funds
For investors looking to shore up their portfolios, these bond funds are useful as a next line of defense.

A Highly Rated, Sensible Approach to International Stocks
Gold-rated American Funds International Growth and Income's dividend focus has blunted volatility over time.

Do You Need a Multisector Bond Fund?
These three Silver-rated multisector bond funds offer attractive yields for investors comfortable with their risks.

Global Mutual Funds: A Look at Investor Costs Around the World
Morningstar’s analysis of global fund fees and expenses compares investor experiences across 26 countries.

Stocks
3 Cheap Dividend Payers From the Ultimate Stock-Pickers
These stocks have a wide or narrow economic moat and an uncertainty rating of low or medium.

CenturyLink a Bargain for Savvy Investors
The communications services firm has growing profits and is generating significant free cash flow despite headwinds.

Global Payments-TSYS Merger Is the Best of the Bunch
This combination will help the company exploit some key trends

Not Cutting Slack Any Slack
Shares are overvalued, and we encourage investors to consider other software stocks.

Rekenthaler Report
The British Show How to Improve 401(k)s
The imitators have outdone the originators.

Four Questions (and Answers) About Value Investing
Will the ride continue?

Advisor Insights
The Evolving Role of Retirement Plan Advisors
Taking advantage of these five trends will require new levels of expertise.

The Long View
Judith Ward: Planning Well at Every Life Stage
T. Rowe Price's senior financial planner shares planning and portfolio to-dos for 20-somethings, people in their 70s and beyond, and everyone in between.

Sustainability Matters With Jon Hale
How Fixed-Income Is Embracing Sustainability
Morningstar's Karin Anderson discusses new fixed income research on how asset managers are approaching sustainable fixed-income funds.

Credit Insights
Corporate Bond Market Normalizes After Record-Breaking Issuance at Beginning of Month
The differing outlook is based on the high degree of uncertainty over potential contagion of slowing economic growth in Asia and Europe spreading to the U.S. economy.

The Short Answer
What Is Passive Investing?
We break down what it is and how it works.

Commentary
My Biggest Portfolio Mistake
Why too much of a good thing can turn bad.

Most Requested Stock Quotes
Apple
Microsoft
Altria Group
Amazon
Pfizer

Most Requested Fund Quotes
Vanguard Dividend Growth
Vanguard 500 Index
T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth
Vanguard Total Stock Market Index
Dodge & Cox Income

Most Requested ETF Quotes 
SPDR S&P 500 ETF
Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF
Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF