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  • GE Sees Fruits of Diversification @ Morningstar - 52 minutes ago

    Oil and gas weakness is offset by the rest of the portfolio in the fourth quarter.

  • Jan. 26-30: Check your savings progress, assess your asset allocation, evaluate performance, size up your individual holdings, and get new ideas with model portfolios from Morningstar.

  • The Most Unloved Medalists of 2014 @ Morningstar - 52 minutes ago

    Should investors be showing these funds more love?

  • Retirees: Are You Spending Too Much? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    The 4% guideline can put you in the right ballpark, but the best spending policies factor in time horizon, asset allocation, and market fluctuations.

  • Accumulators: Is Your Retirement Plan on Track? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Rules of thumb won't cut it for this important question; how to customize based on your own situation.

  • 9 Ways to Secure Your Financial Accounts From Cyber Thievery @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Cyber security experts offer tips for more secure log-ins, app usage, and ongoing account monitoring.

  • Rebalancing Methods Run the Gamut @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 25, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Readers explain how they return their portfolios to their target allocations, or why they don't bother.

  • A Big Band-Aid, but No Cure for Europe @ Morningstar - Sat, Jan 24, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    The ECB did what it had to do this week, but quantitative easing won't solve Europe's fundamental problems.

  • Rethinking the Need for Long-Term Care Insurance @ Morningstar - Sat, Jan 24, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    A recent study suggests that more people than previously thought will require long-term care at some point but that their need will last for a shorter period of time.

  • Stocks End Strong Week With Late Selloff Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 4:20 PM EST

    U.S. Market Stock indexes ended an otherwise strong week on a down note Friday. Preliminary readings showed the S&P 500 gaining 1.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average adding 0.9% for the shortened trading ...

  • Wide-Moat GE Shows Resilience in 4Q @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 2:00 PM EST

    The firm's diversified industrial portfolio delivered a solid quarter of growth as ongoing momentum in several U.S. end markets more than offset weakness in energy.

  • Stocks Mixed at End of Strong Week Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 12:10 PM EST

    Stock indexes were mixed at midday but remained on track for strong weekly gains. In a relatively light day for data, the National Association of Realtors announced that sales of existing U.S. homes rose 2.4% in December from the previous month, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. Economists surveyed …

  • A Low-Tech Index Offering Exposure to the High-Tech Sector @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    The case for the tech-heavy, large and liquid PowerShares QQQ ETF remains a strong one.

  • Obama's State of the Union Address Offers Little for Investors @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Upper-income investors may hope for political gridlock in 2015.

  • Gloomy 2015 Overshadows Halliburton's Solid Quarter @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    But our valuation already accounts for deteriorating conditions.

  • Policy & Investing: About This Column @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Regardless of their political leanings, all investors should keep tabs on the possible impact of legislation and policy on their portfolios.

  • Stocks End Higher After ECB Stimulus Plan Morningstar - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 6:00 PM EST

    Stocks rallied today after the ECB formally announced its quantitative easing plan. After months of speculation, the European Central Bank announced today that it will launch a 60 billion euro a month bond buying program in March lasting until at least September of 2016. The bank will buy investment grade bonds from government …

  • T. Rowe Price's Head of Fixed Income Departs @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 1:30 PM EST

    Mike Gitlin's jump to Capital Group was unexpected.

  • Stocks Rally After ECB Stimulus Plan Morningstar - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    Stocks rallied this morning after the ECB formally announced its quantitative easing plan. After months of speculation, the European Central Bank announced today that it will launch a 60 billion euro a month bond buying program in March lasting until at least September of 2016. The bank will buy investment grade bonds …

  • 7 Myths That Could Trip Up IRA Contributors @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    We head off confusion on Roths versus Traditional, age and income limits, and what to put inside of an IRA.

  • Stocks End Higher as ECB Easing Plan Eyed Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 5:20 PM EST

    Stocks ended modestly higher in choppy trading today as the investors considered earnings and tomorrow’s expected launch of a quantitative easing program by the ECB. It was reported this morning that the ECB is poised to launch a 50 billion euro per month quantitative easing plan tomorrow that will last for a minimum of …

  • Morningstar's 2014 CEO of the Year @ Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 1:00 PM EST

    Gilead's John Martin has established leading market share and spectacular profitability for the innovative biotech firm.

  • Announcing the Morningstar Fund Managers of the Year for 2014 @ Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 1:00 PM EST

    Success starts with teamwork for this year's winners.

  • Stocks Pare Losses as ECB Easing Plan Eyed Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    Stocks pared early losses this morning as the investors considered earnings and tomorrow’s expected launch of a quantitative easing program by the ECB. It was reported this morning that the ECB is poised to launch a 50 billion euro per month quantitative easing plan tomorrow that will last for a minimum of one year. Eurozone …

  • Time for a National Conversation About Retirement Policy @ Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Ideas from abroad for improving retirement policy in the U.S.

  • Where Are Top Go-Anywhere Managers Going? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Several Medalist funds are holding large cash stakes, giving U.S. stocks a wide berth.

  • Is Retail in Retreat? @ Morningstar - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    As retailers have fallen under pressure to start the year, we look at retail ETFs for investors who see a buying opportunity.

  • Stocks Eke Out Gains; Earnings, Oil Eyed Morningstar - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 5:15 PM EST

    U.S. Market Stocks eked out modest gains after recovering from midday losses. Oil’s slide resumed this morning with a barrel trading below $47 in New York. Treasury bonds rallied on the continued commodity ...

  • Stocks Move Lower; Earnings, Oil Eyed Morningstar - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    Stocks turned lower this morning as earnings continued to roll in and oil fell. The bank said its adjusted-earnings fell to 39 cents a share from 50 cents a share in the year-ago quarter.

  • J&J Faces Headwinds in 2015 @ Morningstar - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    The pharmaceutical giant turned in an in line fourth-quarter, but new competition and a strong dollar will slow growth in 2015, writes Morningstar's Damien Conover.

  • How Do Fidelity's New Bond Exchange-Traded Funds Stack Up? @ Morningstar - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Fidelity follows PIMCO's footsteps in launching actively managed bond ETFs.

  • The Top 11 Performers of 2014 @ Morningstar - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Health-care and dollar hedges helped funds to standout returns in 2014.

  • Is My Target-Date Fund Layering On Extra Fees? @ Morningstar - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Some funds that invest in other funds charge additional fees, and here's how you can tell.

  • GM Is On Track @ Morningstar - Mon, Jan 19, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Even with our lower fair value estimate, the dividend payer looks attractive.

  • A Prescription to Save the American Retirement System? @ Morningstar - Mon, Jan 19, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Respected retirement researchers call for shifting more of the Social Security tax burden to upper-income taxpayers, tapping home equity in retirement, and mandatory auto enrollment in retirement plans....

  • Want Another Shot at a 'Backdoor' Roth IRA? @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 18, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    There's a workaround for some high-income investors with sizable Traditional IRA balances.

  • Pale Yale: What the Yale Model Can't Teach You @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 18, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    The situations of the Yale Endowment Fund and most individual investors are worlds apart.

  • Readers' Picks For Fund Managers of the Year @ Morningstar - Sun, Jan 18, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Many agree with Morningstar's picks--with a few notable exceptions.

  • Are Strategic Beta ETFs a Threat to Active Fund Managers? @ Morningstar - Sat, Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Active managers will now have to demonstrate that they can outperform after deducting the influence of easily measurable factor exposures.

  • As the eyes of the world turn to the ECB, some are beginning to worry about the strength of the U.S. economy.

  • Stocks Rise After Data Morningstar - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    The consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.4% in December from the previous month. The decline was driven by lower energy prices. Industrial production was down 0.1% last month, falling for the first time since August.

  • Schlumberger Preparing for Downturn @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 9:26 AM EST

    The oil-services firm showed strength in the fourth quarter, but management is preparing to cut costs to ride out weakening market conditions, writes Morningstar's Jason Stevens.

  • Intel Has Solid 2014 But Shares Still Pricey @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 9:15 AM EST

    We like wide-moat Intel's long-term positioning, but investors should seek a wider margin of safety before buying, writes Morningstar's Peter Wahlstrom.

  • Time for Tax Fairness for Fund Investors @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    The carried interest loophole for hedge funds should be closed, with the proceeds helping to pay for removal of the punitive taxes borne by fund investors.

  • Preserve Purchasing Power With This ETF @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    This fund provides low-cost exposure to Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, which can protect investors from long-term unexpected inflation.

  • Improved Business Mix Sparks Moat Upgrade @ Morningstar - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Dominion is uniquely positioned to invest in high-ROIC energy infrastructure.

  • Stocks End Higher After Data Morningstar - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 5:30 PM EST

    The consumer price index (CPI) fell 0.4% in December from the previous month. The decline was driven by lower energy prices. Industrial production was down 0.1% last month, falling for the first time since August.

  • Stocks End Lower After Earnings, Swiss Currency Move Morningstar - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 5:00 PM EST

    The Swiss National Bank announced this morning that it would no longer defend the 1.20 Swiss franc to euro floor it has been holding since 2011. The firm was hit by a large legal charge and the impact of a stronger dollar.

  • Bank of America Not Out of the Woods Yet @ Morningstar - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 1:09 PM EST

    The firm continued its progress on the expense front in the fourth quarter, but further improvement will be harder and regulatory woes will persist, writes Morningstar's Jim Sinegal.

  • Stocks Lower in Choppy Trade After Earnings, Swiss Move Morningstar - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 12:00 PM EST

    The Swiss National Bank announced this morning that it would no longer defend the 1.20 Swiss franc to euro floor it has been holding since 2011. The firm was hit by a large legal charge and the impact of a stronger dollar.

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