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Weekly Wrap: The Pandemic's Influence on Spending Habits and Long-Term Care

We recap the week on Morningstar.com and note the most popular stocks, funds, and exchange-traded funds.

Editor's note: Read the latest on how the coronavirus is rattling the markets and what investors can do to navigate it.

Editor's Picks How Will Spending Habits Change in 2021? What's poised for a comeback when consumer behavior normalizes? What May Be in Store for Taxes Under Biden Vague tax proposals and a Senate runoff make tax planning difficult. Some Bond Funds Grow Their Capital Bases, Some Do Not How the industry's 1999 bond-fund leaders have since performed. With Yields So Low, Where Do You Go? Intermediate core-bond investors should be cautious in this environment. 100 Must-Know Statistics About Long-Term Care: Pandemic Edition Who receives care, who provides it, the economic cost, and the devastating effects of COVID-19. The Best Equity ETFs These stock-focused exchange-traded funds all earn Gold ratings.

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz Why You Should Consider Direct Giving This type of charitable contribution carries a high impact. 5 Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor Inquire about areas of expertise, compensation arrangements, and credentials before signing on for financial help. Year-End Taxes for Retirees What's different in 2020?

Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds Legendary Bond-Fund Manager Dan Fuss To Step Away The award-winning Loomis Sayles manager will step away from portfolio management duties. Craving Certainty for Stocks? Consider a Buffer Fund Despite their complexity, buffer funds have generally performed according to plan. Set Realistic Expectations for Multifactor Funds There is a strong case for multifactor funds, but even the best can underperform for a decade. The Best Bond ETFs These fixed-income-focused exchange-traded funds all earn Gold ratings.

Stocks Staying Home: How the Coronavirus Changed Consumer Behaviors and Company Valuations What consumer trends during the pandemic have meant, and will mean, for companies in technology, hospitality, and e-commerce. Can Dollar Stores Defy Retail's Woes? Small tickets and low-income customers are safeguards. The One Stock Top Managers Are Gushing Over Five of our Ultimate Stock-Pickers made sizable investments in this name last quarter. COVID-19 Will Stress Berkshire But the crisis will also accelerate the company's evolution from a reinvestment machine to one returning more capital to shareholders. The Best Stocks to Play Digital Advertising How will the pandemic continue to affect this space?

Stock Analyst Updates Uber Plans to Sell ATG; Profitability Path Clearer We're raising the technology firm's fair value estimate to $61 per share. Facebook's Legal Battles Could Provide Upside Despite the Federal Trade Commission and 47 states filing separate antitrust suits, we are maintaining our FVE. Starbucks Is Primed for Postpandemic Success The company's recent resilience has demonstrated its agility and understanding of its customers. Rekenthaler Report Who Saved the U.S. Stock Market Last Spring? The help came from an unexpected source.

Advisor Insights Providing for Disabled Beneficiaries After the SECURE Act An applicable multi-beneficiary trust can solve some--but not all--of the challenges that the new act presents. The Long View Podcast Simon Hallett: What Football Can Teach Investors About Franchise Value and People Management The Harding Loevner co-CIO discusses owning a soccer team, behavioral finance, and the people and processes that make up the firm. Sustainability Matters Incorporating ESG Into Our Equity Research Process Morningstar's new approach unpacks the environmental, social and governance risks that companies face. The Short Answer What Are Restricted Stock Units? We explain what RSUs are, how they are taxed, and how to make the most of them. Policy Harnessing the Power of Defaults to Save for Emergencies Lessons learned (so far) from the coronavirus and retirement savers. What if Democrats Sweep the Georgia Senate Runoffs? A narrow majority may pass new stimulus and raise the corporate business tax. Commentary DoorDash IPO Stuns The U.S. food delivery service made quite a market debut.

Most Requested Stock Quotes Apple Tesla AT&TAmazon.com Exxon Mobil

Most Requested Fund Quotes T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation Vanguard 500 Index Vanguard Dividend Growth Fidelity Contrafund T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth

Most Requested ETF Quotes ARK Innovation ETF Invesco QQQ Trust Vanguard S&P 500 ETF Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF ARK Genomic Revolution ETF

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Carole Hodorowicz

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Carole Hodorowicz is an audience engagement editor for Morningstar.com. Focusing on the individual investor audience, she manages content, creates explainer videos, and writes articles about different topics in finance for beginners.

Hodorowicz joined Morningstar in 2015 as a customer support representative for Morningstar Office before moving into an editorial role.

Hodorowicz holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

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