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Christine Benz is Morningstar's director of personal finance and author of 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances and the Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds: 5-Star Strategies for Success. Follow Christine on Twitter: @christine_benz.

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Financial-education efforts have had depressingly little impact on individuals' decision-making when occurring too far away from the financial behavior it's meant to influence, says University of Colorado's John Lynch.

If the recent drop-off in productivity growth continues, the U.S. could see slower wage growth and less economic support to manage the fiscal pressures an of aging population, says Dartmouth professor Matthew Slaughter.

After slumping to various degrees, Royce Premier, Royce Special Equity, and Artisan Global Value have recently reopened to new investors and could be worth a look.

Morningstar's Beth Foos shares some of our top picks for tax-sensitive investors seeking short-term, longer-term, or high-yield muni funds.

Know what you're eligible for, take advantage of workarounds and recharacterization, and--above all--don't wait until the last minute, says retirement expert Ed Slott.

By correcting excessive withholding, taxpayers may be able to avoid credit card debt and refund splurging, and allocate more to retirement accounts throughout the year, says HelloWallet's Aron Szapiro.

Core TIPS funds tend to hold longer-term bonds--bringing more interest-rate sensitivity and volatility--but newer, shorter-term TIPS funds have their own trade-offs.

Investors may not be rewarded for risk-taking during the next several years, so they should tweak their spending and saving patterns instead, says financial-planning expert Michael Kitces.