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Jason Stipp is director of Morningstar's individual investor products.

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Roundtable Report: Christine Benz, John Rekenthaler, and David Blanchett weigh in on how this savings vehicle can be made better and used better by the increasing number of Americans who will depend on it.

Investors fret over Apple and emerging markets, the Fed continues its exit, and Facebook shares get over-liked.

Recent growth deceleration and the emphasis on multifamily home construction suggest housing won't be a major contributor to 2014 GDP, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Plan design features such as auto-enroll and auto-escalate, as well as default options and managed account solutions are helping investors get what they need out of their 401(k) plans.

Why eBay should stick together, Netflix is not invincible, and branded drugs still have legs.

This week: Best Buy tumbles hard, B of A soars (too high), and 4-star GM restarts dividends.

Strong markets can coax investors away from their strategic asset allocation plans, but being tactical successfully is much easier said than done.

This week: The ECB tries to accommodate, JPMorgan is fined again, and 'liquid gold' gets scarce.

This week: The market takes tapering in stride, a dividend dilemma for investors, and a well-run REIT at a reasonable price.

Given current fiscal tightness and low inflation rates, tapering monetary stimulus too severely is riskier than continuing the program, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Louis Mendes of Silver-rated Columbia Acorn International says the fund has found value in niche industrial and tech companies, as well as consumer names, while steering clear of regulated companies and low-cost manufacturing.

The underlying employment fundamentals were solid last month, but the Fed's taper timeline is still too hard to call, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Markets editor Jeremy Glaser sizes up the thank-worthiness of the Fed, health-care spending, market valuations, and more.

While individuals may have varying experiences with price inflation, the consumer price index is still a good indicator for the economy, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

This week: Boeing fair value climbs, J.P. Morgan pays out again, Best Buy takes the brunt of retail holiday woes, and more.

Although not an imminent risk for the U.S. economy yet, deflation could be very difficult to reverse if it takes hold, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Setting up automation, putting your plan in writing, and tilting conservative can help keep your portfolio on track to meet your goals, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.

Allowing certain minimal-coverage health-insurance plans to stay in effect for one more year isn't a gamechanger for the managed-care organizations' prospects under the Affordable Care Act, says Morningstar's Vishnu Lekraj.

A proliferation of lower-paying jobs with less financial security could have structural ripple effects on the U.S. employment market, says Morningstar Investment Management's Francisco Torralba.

Washington, D.C., leads city pension health while New York and Chicago face thousands in unfunded liabilities per capita, says Morningstar municipal credit analyst Rachel Barkley.