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Episodes

Episode 0

Welcome to the Investing Insights Podcast from Morningstar.com. We’re taking a brief holiday hiatus and will return to publishing on Friday, December 6th. In the meantime, listen to Morningstar’s flash briefing on your Alexa-enabled device. Six days a week we deliver the latest news for investors. Just say, “Alexa, enable the Morningstar skill,” or visit Morningstar.com/alexa. From everyone here at Morningstar, thanks for listening.
Episode 30

In this week’s podcast, our analysts share three of their favorite bold bond funds, special guest Tim Steffen from Baird provides financial tips for gig economy workers, Brett Horn on what M&A means for payment processors, Christine Benz and Brian Moriarty discusses whether floating-rate funds are a fit for your portfolio, Ben Johnson on the pitfalls of market-cap weighted indexing, and Kris Inton with Morningstar’s outlook on cannabis stocks.
Episode 29

We’re airing a special edition of the podcast this week. Morningstar Director of Personal Finance Christine Benz talks with Russ Kinnel, Director of Manager Research and editor of Morningstar Fund Investor, about some of his favorite funds across a variety of different investment categories.
Episode 28

In this week’s podcast, our analysts talk about three great funds having a lousy year; special guest Mary Beth Franklin discusses the clever Social Security strategy that’ll be phased out next year; Debbie Wang puts LabCorp under the microscope; Christine Benz talks with special guest Carolyn McClanahan about planning and paying for long-term care; Alex Bryan shares three off-the-beaten-path ETFs; and RJ Hottovy examines Amazon’s future beyond Prime Day.
Episode 27

In this week’s podcast, our analysts share three funds managed by great up-and-comers; guest Ed Slott covers divorce, taxes and retirement planning; Tom Lauricella discusses key considerations for today’s bond investor; Christine Benz explains how to create a hands-off portfolio in retirement; Erin Lash gives her take on Campbell’s new recipe for profitable growth; and guest Mark Miller talks about Medicare pitfalls.
Episode 26

In this week’s podcast, Josh Aguilar on whether 3M is a good stock for dividend seekers, Christine Benz discusses what’s missing from her streamlined 3-funds portfolios, Nick Watson with an attractive small-cap value fund, Russ Kinnel shares his three favorite actively managed world-stock funds, Matthew Dolgin offers a best idea in networking, and Alex Bryan with three diverse funds for yield seekers.
Episode 24

In this week’s podcast, Dan Wasiolek shares his favorite dividend-paying stocks in the travel and leisure industry, Christine Benz talks with Baird’s Tim Steffen about how to fix Social Security, Russ Kinnel with three of his favorite mid-cap funds, Dan Romanoff on why we like undervalued Guidewire, Dan Sotiroff on some solid broad foreign index funds from Fidelity, and Karen Andersen on what the elimination of rebates could mean for drug manufacturers.
Episode 21

This week on the podcast, we are celebrating Morningstar’s 35th Anniversary with a roundtable discussion between founder and executive chairman Joe Mansueto, Morningstar managing director Don Phillips, and Morningstar CEO Kunal Kapoor about Morningstar’s past, present and future. Stay tuned after the discussion for a brief video about what it means to us to empower investor success.
Episode 20

This week on the podcast, our analysts take a look at three funds that’ve been downgraded due to manager losses, Christine Benz discusses whether retirees need bonds, Abhinav Davuluri takes a look at earnings in the semiconductor industry, Ben Johnson discusses Morningstar’s latest research about fund fees, Dan Culloton talks about a promising international fund on our radar, and Gregg Warren discusses Berkshire Hathaway’s valuation.
Episode 18

This week on the podcast, Christine Benz shares three equity funds from her model portfolios for retirees, Damien Conover reveals what he expects from big pharma this earnings season, special guest Michael Kitces talks about the role likability plays when choosing an advisor, Sarah Bush explains why a well-liked bond fund was recently downgraded, Eric Compton discusses what bank earnings say about the health of the economy, and Russ Kinnel shares four of his favorite niche funds.
Episode 16

This week on the podcast, Russ Kinnel discusses the dominant performance of growth strategies during the first quarter, Sarah Bush talks about the bond market’s performance so far this year, Ben Johnson recaps the first quarter in ETFs, Christine Benz on how to manage cash in retirement, Jake Strole with a high-quality yet undervalued insurer, and our analysts share 3 good funds having a great year.
Episode 14

This week on the podcast, Ali Mogharabi on what Lyft is worth, Christine Benz with fixed-income ETFs for retirees, Ariel’s John Rogers with two of his favorite mid-cap stocks, Brian Moriarty on the state of the high-yield bond market, Eric Compton with ratings changes in the bank sector, and Christine Benz with IRA contribution tips for later in life.
Episode 13

This week on the podcast, Christine Benz with tips for last-minute IRA contributions, Damien Conover with undervalued health-care stocks with secure dividends, Russ Kinnel with the recipe for finding “fantastic” funds, Erin Lash with high-quality and underpriced packaged goods stocks, Alfonzo Bruno with a strong inflation hedge from Vanguard, and Ariel’s John Rogers on the changing face of value investing.
Episode 11

This week on the podcast, Christine Benz with 3 ideas for IRAs; Eric Compton sees an attractive dividend opportunity with Wells Fargo; Beth Foos on a Bronze-rated muni fund with a solid team; Erin Lash thinks Kraft Heinz is undervalued despite bad news; Alex Bryan with 4 ETFs for IRAs, and Jaime Katz on how the slowing housing market affects Home Depot and Lowe’s.
Episode 9

This week on the podcast, our analysts’ takes on Coca Cola and Cisco results; Christine Benz suggests three strategies for generating cash flow in retirement; Travis Miller highlights 3 utilities for income investors; Jon Hale talks about the growth of sustainable investing; Mark Cash gives his take on Dell stock; and Alex Bryan shares a low-cost ETF with a focus on strong businesses.
Episode 7

This week on the podcast, our stock news roundup with PG&E, Apple, Facebook, and Caterpillar; an upgrade for T. Rowe Price New Horizons; Greg Warren on wide-moat asset managers; dividends among tobacco firms; Russ Kinnel on Jack Bogle, and from our Portfolio Tuneup week, Christine Benz on streamlining your portfolio and setting your asset allocation.
Episode 6

This week on the podcast, our earnings roundup with Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble, Netflix, and IBM; Ed Slott on missed RMDs; what the government shutdown means for the debt ceiling; Russ Kinnel on investment themes for 2019; 3 gold-rated small-cap index funds to consider; and how to build a solid portfolio foundation.