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Timothy Strauts

Timothy Strauts is director of quantitative research, funds, for Morningstar.

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Questions over the U.K.'s separation terms, possible economic fallout, and the future of the EU itself could upset the markets in fits and starts for months to come, says Morningstar markets research analyst Tim Strauts.

Since 2003, the lowest-cost mutual funds have taken the lion's share of assets as the benefits of low fees became widely recognized and advisors moved away from commission-based accounts.

While poor timing decisions continue to drag on investor returns in most fund categories, the data suggest that automatic 401(k) enrollment and dollar-cost averaging have benefited target-date fundholders over time.

In the years ahead, passive flows will likely top active in the U.S. while continuing to grow in fixed income and international regions.

Russian stocks are incredibly cheap, but with serious concerns about rule of law and low oil prices, potential investors risk permanent loss of capital.