Whether you're seeking a single-fund option or using the building-block approach, here are some of our analysts' best ideas.
Surveying the medalists for exposure to hard-hit--but potentially lucrative--emerging-markets stocks and bonds.
Recent selling in the U.S. equity market has driven a handful of wide-moat stocks into 5-star territory.
These no-moat, high-uncertainty stocks are overpriced today.
Recent sell-off has driven several wide-moat stocks into 5-star territory.
Daring investors can round out their income portfolios with small--very small--dashes of real estate, energy, and utilities.
Here are some of Morningstar's favorite funds across high- and low-quality, U.S. and foreign, and taxable and tax-free categories.
Not all stocks charged back into fairly valued territory after October's rally.
Social Security isn't giving you a raise next year, so make sure you're protecting the purchasing power of your portfolio.
Recent market tumult has created some high-conviction opportunities for long-term investors.
Recent market tumult illustrates the risks of several noncore bond-fund types.
Leaders and laggards among Morningstar Medalist funds.
A convergence of strong market performance and redemptions has spelled tax headaches at some otherwise-worthy funds.
These funds are off-limits for now, but prospective investors may yet get their shot at them.
Owning no-moat, high-uncertainty stocks requires a different set of expectations than owning higher-quality names.
Defensible reasons to go active, along with some picks if you do.
These funds have played good defense in the past, and may do so going forward, too.
Market volatility has an underappreciated silver lining--the chance to buy some of the best companies in the world at a discount.
Recent performance is lackluster, but many of these funds share an emphasis on quality and limiting downside losses.
Performance has been phenomenal, but these medalists could mean-revert in a 'risk-off' market.
Wide-moat stocks aren't just for investors in individual equities.
With relatively low valuations and a history of down-market outperformance, wide-moat stocks could be ready to shine.
These moaty firms all have stable or growing competitive advantages, and are trading near our buying range.
While their yields aren't especially high, these funds look good from the bottom up.
Proving that small doesn't have to equal expensive.
Their managers may be skilled, but these funds haven't shared economies of scale with investors.
Among the companies that Morningstar analysts cover, these 15 are priced for perfection.
Investors are keeping the faith in actively managed bond funds but using index products almost everywhere else.
Recent sales underscore the perils of timing interest-rate changes--and the virtue of patience.
While many rival funds are venturing into lower-quality credits, these funds have been downplaying them.
Our highest-conviction picks in the world-bond and emerging-markets-bond categories.
Top picks for indexing and active-management aficionados.
Whether you prefer an active or an index approach, our analysts say these are the best of breed.
As a whole, non-U.S. markets don't look cheap, but there are some values.
Topnotch Medalist funds with concentrated portfolios and low turnover.
A handful of funds have gotten all the love in the wake of Bill Gross' departure from PIMCO, but investors can widen their scope.
These index funds and ETFs provide a lot of diversification at a very low cost.
Shining the light on medalist funds that have little in common with their benchmarks.
Many of our favorite value-leaning funds have been investing in the sector for a long while.
Several--but certainly not all--of Morningstar's top-rated managers are overweighting emerging-markets stocks.
While hardly low-risk, these multisector- and non-traditional-bond funds have held up well in recent stress tests.
In a strong market for equities, these mild-mannered vehicles have lagged.
Their near-term results look terrible, but their unloved holdings could be due for a comeback.
Investors often underestimate the virtues of risk control at the worst possible times.
Bank loans and financials stocks could rise if rates do, but interested investors should be careful not to overpay.
These offerings combine low tax-cost ratios and strong performance in the same package.
As the market has soared, so have tax-cost ratios at many equity funds.
A short list of high-quality funds with market-beating dividend yields.
We share some picks--and review the risks--in this volatile market segment.
Several Medalist funds are holding large cash stakes, giving U.S. stocks a wide berth.