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Erik Kobayashi-Solomon

Erik Kobayashi-Solomon is a market strategist and co-editor of the Morningstar OptionInvestor newsletter. Before joining Morningstar in 2006, he worked for Morgan Stanley in Tokyo and New York, then later at two New Jersey-based hedge funds as a risk manager. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Japanese Studies and was selected outstanding student of his graduating class at Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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In this special one-hour presentation, Morningstar strategist Erik Kobayashi-Solomon describes how individual investors can overcome the structural and behavioral impediments that can be detrimental to their returns.

The semiconductor-equipment manufacturer's move into the solar-panel market has lowered margins for now, but the long-term opportunity remains attractive, according to Morningstar's Andy Ng.

Morningstar's Daniel Holland sees significant upside for investors in diversified industrial firm Actuant as capital spending picks up in the coming years.

The merger of RRI Energy and Mirant could create more synergies than the market currently believes says Morningstar energy analyst Mark Barnett.