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  • CEF Update: News You Can Use @ Morningstar - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    Two Federated CEFs experience distribution cuts.

  • Stocks Mostly Lower After Mixed Global Data Morningstar - 2 hours 37 minutes ago

    Stocks were mostly lower today as global growth worried continued to weigh. Markit said that Germany’s manufacturing sector grew at the slowest rate in 15-months while factory growth in the entire eurozone hit a 14-month low. Chinese growth was better than expected as the HSBC flash purchasing managers index moved up …

  • Rules aimed at preventing families from sheltering assets affect how much young investors pay.

  • When Will Quality Bounce Back? @ Morningstar - 7 hours ago

    These funds' lackluster recent performance doesn't tell the whole story.

  • 2014 Morningstar ETF Conference @ Morningstar - 7 hours ago

    Get investable ideas and engaging strategies from Morningstar analysts and other ETF experts.

  • Stocks End Lower as China Weighs Morningstar - 22 hours ago

    Stocks were lower today as worries about Chinese growth weighed on the market. Chinese Finance Minster Lou Jiwei said today that China is not currently planning any large stimulus measures despite some signs of a slowing economy. Existing home sales fell 1.8% in August from July levels to a seasonally adjusted annual …

  • Stocks Slide as China Weighs Morningstar - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower this morning as worried about Chinese growth weighed on the market. Chinese Finance Minster Lou Jiwei said today that China is not currently planning any large stimulus measures despite some signs of a slowing economy. Existing home sales fell 1.8% in August from July levels to a seasonally adjusted …

  • Alibaba IPO Not Necessarily a Treasure Trove for Yahoo @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We're not convinced the share sale proceeds will be reinvested wisely.

  • Test-Driving an Income-Centric Retirement Portfolio @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Our yield-focused portfolio delivers a lumpy cash flow.

  • Six Great World-Stock Funds @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 22, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Excellent global funds work well in retirement and taxable accounts.

  • ETF Advantages Becoming More Apparent to Some @ Morningstar - Sun, Sep 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Readers cite lower costs, lower investment minimums, access to sectors among reasons they've turned to exchange-traded funds.

  • Inflation Settles, but Not for Everyone @ Morningstar - Sat, Sep 20, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Not everybody is feeling the relief reported by this week's lower inflation data, but those who are might spur some spending growth.

  • Stocks End Mixed; Scotland, Alibaba in Focus Morningstar - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

    Stocks pared gains this morning to end mxied after Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. and investors continued to parse the Fed’s statement from earlier this week. Stocks on the Move Shares of Oracle (ORCL) were down over 4% after the firm said that longtime CEO Larry Ellison is stepping down from that role and will …

  • Stocks Rise; Scotland, Alibaba in Focus Morningstar - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:30 AM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks rose this morning after Scotland voted to remain in the U.K. and investors continued to parse the Fed’s statement from earlier this week. By a 55-45 margin Scottish voters chose to stay ...

  • Fama: Active Management a Bad Bet @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Nobel Prize winner cites lower costs and questions about active manager skill as reasons to stick with index funds.

  • How Will Rising Rates Impact Bank-Loan CEFs? @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    We examine the effect of short-term Treasury yields on these closed-end funds' discounts.

  • False Dawn in China @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The country's GDP uptick comforted many investors. It shouldn't have.

  • Stocks End Higher After Jobs, Housing Data Morningstar - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were higher this morning after data and as Scotland voted on if it should become an independent country. Initial unemployment claims fell 36,000 last week to 280,000, the lowest level ...

  • Stocks Higher After Jobs, Housing Data Morningstar - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were higher this morning after data and as Scotland voted on if it should become an independent country. Initial unemployment claims fell 36,000 last week to 280,000, the lowest level ...

  • What You Need to Know About 'Strategic Beta' @ Morningstar - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    As a growing number of new ETFs straddle the line between active and passive, investors are faced with a dizzying array of increasingly complex choices. Here's the compass you need to navigate.

  • Alibaba Proceeds Not a Cure-All for Yahoo @ Morningstar - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Yahoo's lack of opportunities to invest the proceeds from Alibaba's IPO and pressure in the firm's core business don't make a compelling case, says Morningstar's Rick Summer.

  • The Error-Proof Portfolio: 6 Asset-Allocation Pitfalls to Avoid @ Morningstar - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The perils of being too hands-off--or too hands-on.

  • These 5 Balanced Funds Have Taken on More Credit Risk @ Morningstar - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Are they ripe for a setback?

  • Conservative Pricing Creates Opportunity for Wide-Moat Alibaba @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 6:00 PM EDT

    Understanding the assumptions behind our $90 fair value estimate, high uncertainty, and poor stewardship ratings.

  • Stocks End Higher After Fed Morningstar - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 4:00 PM EDT

    Stocks ended slightly higher today after the Fed statement and inflation data. The Fed said today that it is, as expected, planning to end its bond buying program in October but that rates will remain at current levels for a “considerable time.” There was some speculation that the Fed could provide a more concrete timeline …

  • Stocks Little Changed Ahead of Fed Morningstar - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were little changed this morning after subdued inflation data and ahead of the Fed’s highly-anticipated statement. The consumer price index fell 0.2% in August from July levels. The decline was mostly driven by a drop in gas prices offset by a rise in food prices. On a consolidated basis, first-quarter sales slipped …

  • An Aggressive Quality and Value Dividend Fund @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    A deep dive into the inner workings of iShares Core High Dividend.

  • 3 Funds for a Fairly Valued Market @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    These funds look good from a number of angles.

  • Investors Should Be Cognizant of This Undervalued IT Services Stock @ Morningstar - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    With its recently announced acquisition plans, we think Cognizant offers the most attractive upside within the IT services industry.

  • Stocks End Higher Ahead of Fed Morningstar - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 4:20 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks pared early losses to move higher this morning after inflation data and ahead of tomorrow's Fed rate decision. The producer price index was flat in August from July levels, in line with ...

  • Stocks Pare Losses After Inflation Data Morningstar - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks pared early losses to move higher this morning after inflation data. The producer price index was flat in August from July levels, in line with expectations. Prices were up 0.1% excluding ...

  • Keep an Open Mind on Open-Minded Funds @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Excessive focus on style or geographic allocation can be limiting.

  • For Safety and Yield, Where Best to Park Your Cash? @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Short-term bond funds offer better rates than many money markets but also may carry higher risk.

  • The Ultimate Stock-Pickers’ Top 10 Dividend Stocks @ Morningstar - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Top managers continue to focus on higher-quality dividend-paying stocks in a fully valued market.

  • Stocks End Mostly Lower; Data, Fed Meeting Eyed Morningstar - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 4:40 PM EDT

    Stocks were mostly lower today after economic data and ahead of a closely-watched Fed meeting later this week. Industrial production was down 0.1% in August from July levels, the first decline in seven months. On Sunday, Heineken (HEINY) confirmed a Bloomberg report that it has rejected an acquisition offer from SABMiller …

  • Stocks Lower; Economic Data, Fed Meeting Eyed Morningstar - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    Stocks were lower this morning after economic data and ahead of a closely-watched Fed meeting later this week. Industrial production was down 0.1% in August from July levels, the first decline in seven months. On Sunday, Heineken (HEINY) confirmed a Bloomberg report that it has rejected an acquisition offer from SABMiller …

  • The Longest Winning Streaks Among Our Rated Funds @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Eight funds with Morningstar Analyst Ratings that have beaten their category averages for at least 10 straight years.

  • Testing a Blended Approach to Retirement Income @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Neither income-centric nor strictly total return, a hybrid distribution approach charts a steady course for our retirement bucket portfolio.

  • Tesla's Future Charged With Uncertainty @ Morningstar - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The carmaker is a formidable disruption threat, but even its CEO says the stock price looks high.

  • For Fund Companies and Brokerages, Plenty of Room for Improvement @ Morningstar - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Morningstar.com readers offer tips on how financial-services firms can up their game.

  • Are You Prepared for a Market Correction? @ Morningstar - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    There's never a bad time to ensure you have a storm management plan for your portfolio.

  • Consumers Finally Live a Little @ Morningstar - Sat, Sep 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Strong retail data this week isn't just a flash in the pan.

  • Stocks End Lower After Spending, Sentiment Data Morningstar - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 4:30 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower today after economic data. Retail sales rose 0.6% in August from July levels, roughly in line with economist’s expectations. Sales were up 0.3% excluding auto sales. July’s ...

  • Stocks Lower After Spending, Sentiment Data Morningstar - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were lower today after economic data. Retail sales rose 0.6% in August from July levels, roughly in line with economist’s expectations. Sales were up 0.3% excluding auto sales. July’s ...

  • Would Crude Exports Mean the End for Refiners' Moats? @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    They would eliminate a key competitive advantage, but aren't necessarily a death knell.

  • South Korean Government Moves to Boost Economy--and Stock Market @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Here's an ETF that can manage exposure to this country's equity market.

  • Sector Equity CEFs Excelled in August @ Morningstar - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    August proved a lively end to an active summer.

  • Stocks End Little Changed as Jobless Claims Rise Morningstar - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks pared losses this afternoon to end little changed. Initial unemployment claims rose a larger-than-expected 11,000 to 315,000 last week. Data during holiday weeks tends to be more volatile ...

  • Stocks Lower as Jobless Claims Rise Morningstar - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 12:00 PM EDT

    U.S. Market Stocks were mostly lower this morning. Initial unemployment claims rose a larger-than-expected 11,000 to 315,000 last week. Data during holiday weeks tends to be more volatile than usual. The ...

  • The Still-Sorry State of Bond-Fund Disclosure @ Morningstar - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    It's five years after the crisis, and bond funds still badly need to improve how they tell shareholders what they own.

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