Health savings accounts are growing in popularity, but many people are not taking full advantage of them, says HelloWallet's Jake Spiegel.
The second quarter’s GDP report underscored that consumer spending and residential investing will be the primary drivers of growth in the U.S. as business investment remains anemic, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
The market pondered mixed earnings reports from Apple, Microsoft, IBM, and Amex this week, while GM had a better-than-expected quarter.
In this special midyear report, Morningstar experts discuss when to expect a rate hike from the Federal Reserve, where to find opportunity in the stock market, the effect of oil prices on high-yield bonds, and more.
Reliable dividend-payers tend to outperform other stocks over the long term; Morningstar's Josh Peters tells us how to identify these attractive investments
Despite the sometimes scary headlines, assets flowed into both international developed-markets and European-stock funds in June.
Recent economic data showed fairly broad-based weakness, but whether it's enough to derail the Fed's plan to raise rates remains to be seen, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The new Greek bailout won’t end eurozone uncertainty. Plus Yellen speaks and earning seasons kicks into high gear.
Stocks eked out gains amid Fed-watching, continued mergers and acquisitions, and the ongoing Greek debt crisis.
Two of the fund world’s pre-eminent stock-pickers, Bill Nygren and Steve Romick, share their views on the market and valuations, and discuss notable recent investments they’ve made.
Auto sales, housing starts, labor market indicators, and the stabilization of capital goods orders point to growth for the rest of the year, says J.P. Morgan Asset Management chief global strategist David Kelly.
New and existing home sales and pricing data were positive this week, but a rush to beat rising rates may taper in a few months, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Inflows to core bond funds and outflows from U.S. stocks continued in May despite the specter of rising rates, says Morningstar’s Tim Strauts.
With most of the debt now being held by institutions, contagion is no longer a concern, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Thanks to wage increases and energy savings, the consumer should drive the economy to good, but not great, growth in the second half, says Nuveen's Bob Doll.
Recent small-business and job openings reports suggest May's strong employment report was not a mirage and wage growth may heat up.
May’s better-than-expected employment report will likely lead to a boost in rates as early as September, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
Investors stand to benefit from recent 401(k) fee litigation, says Morningstar's Scott Cooley.
Friday's employment report will likely bring another good, but not great, headline number; however, workers should finally see some wage growth, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
New data show the U.S. manufacturing sector looking better, but don’t expect a return to robust growth, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
The improving housing market will be a key contributor to growth in 2015, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The Templeton Global manager discusses recent Europe bond volatility, the outlook for the dollar and emerging markets, plus the need for a dynamic approach to international bonds.
We dig into recent performance, the role of reforms, and concentration issues with some emerging-markets indexes.
As a whole, non-U.S. markets don't look cheap, but there are some values.
Multiple risks brewing in China may be tempered by continued accommodative central bank policies, says Morningstar Investment Management's Francisco Torralba.
There is some improvement, but uncertainty looms, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Recent indicators point to higher wages and an increase in job openings, while an uptick in tax collections led to a smaller-than-expected federal budget deficit.
Given the downward revision to March's report and slow GDP growth, employment looks set to be weaker in 2015 than it was last year, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
There are reasons to be pessimistic about this month’s data but also plenty of signs that employment growth is still on track, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
Morningstar analyst Gregg Warren gives his take on Berkshire's culture, crisis management, and more from the annual meeting.
New technologies could make customers less dependent on utilities over the long term, but they also give Berkshire more profitable investment opportunities, says Morningstar energy analyst Andy Bischof.
Berkshire is trying to replicate GEICO strategies with moves like the direct sale of workers comp insurance online, but its success is far from assured, says Morningstar's Vincent Lui.
After updating our projections for Berkshire's businesses and accounting for the deals announced this year, we've raised the firm's fair value estimate by 7%.
Morningstar's Gregg Warren, one of three analysts who will be quizzing Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger in Omaha, describes how he narrows down his list of questions to just six.
Weather, imports/exports, and the energy situation weighed on first-quarter GDP, but the year-over-year quarterly improvement was among the best we've seen in the recovery, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The diverse deals completed over the last year show Berkshire still has an appetite to put its cash hoard to work, says Morningstar's Gregg Warren.
Morningstar's Gregg Warren discusses potential successors to Warren Buffett and how Berkshire might change after his departure.
Slowdowns in China and commodities are taking their toll, but Europe and the U.S. are still in growth mode, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
As growth concerns linger in China and the U.S., central-bank policy in Europe appears to be having its desired effect, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
An acceleration in job openings, an uptick in housing prices, and a better-than-expected services reading fly in the face of recent economic doomsayers, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Morningstar's Russ Kinnel, Sarah Bush, and Christine Benz highlight their top fund picks for domestic and foreign equity, core bond, inflation-protected securities, and much more.
March's disappointing jobs data was not shocking given slowing GDP growth, but the economy and employment market should pick up some steam in the coming months, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The euro's fall and a current-account surplus are boosting Europe's position, while overall valuations and earnings potential are currently more attractive versus the U.S., says T. Rowe Price head of international equity Chris Alderson.
If first-quarter GDP growth continues the previous quarter's weakness, recent accelerating job growth will be difficult to maintain, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Volatility returned in the first quarter as Fed watching became a full-time job.
Recent data looks a little soft, but a better housing market should buoy up the weaker areas of the economy and make for a steady, staid 2015, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Leveraging Heinz’s more extensive global footprint and efficient operations should help Kraft expand its earnings and competitive advantage, says Morningstar’s Erin Lash.
Money continued to flow into intermediate-term bonds in February despite concerns about a rising-rate environment, says Morningstar’s Tim Strauts.
Trade data, low rates abroad, and diverging growth patterns support a stronger dollar, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
Demographic trends could lead to a shortage of workers in the coming years, potentially boosting the wages of some skilled positions but hurting corporate earnings, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.