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How to Pick Funds for Your Retirement Savings

How to Pick Funds for Your Retirement Savings

Retirement may be a long way ahead, but there’s never a better time to start saving than now. You might have heard of a few stocks in the news and may consider investing in them. But Morningstar’s Christine Benz discourages individual stocks for investors starting out.

She recommends choosing well-diversified investments like index mutual funds or ETFs. These investments hold hundreds of stocks, providing instant diversification. When looking for stock funds, you’ll need to consider a couple of factors.

The first is asset allocation. There are many types of stocks, so consider which ones you’d like to hold.

The second is price. You should consider stock funds with low net expense ratios, like under 1%.

The third is investment style. For most investors, passive or index funds are the best bets--they're low-cost, diversified, and offer a hands-off approach to investing.

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Sachin Nagarajan

Associate Manager Research Analyst, Equity Strategies
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Sachin Nagarajan is an associate manager research analyst, equity strategies, for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc.

Before joining Morningstar's manager research team in 2022, Nagarajan worked on Morningstar's editorial team, where he showcased the firm's equity research and sustainable investing content. He was also a customer support representative on the Morningstar Office support team.

Nagarajan holds a bachelor's degree in English from University of Dayton.

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