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Any Job Isn’t Necessarily a Good Job for People out of Work

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There can be no doubt that the job market has been more resilient since the financial crisis than many imagined. Unemployment did not rise as...




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    5 Dos and Don’ts for Your Year-End Portfolio Checkup

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. As we’re approaching the end of 2014, investors are trying to squeeze in their portfolio checkups... Read more

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    More Workers Get in on 401(k)s

    Video Transcript Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningstar. Each year, Vanguard releases a report detailing how and what investors in Vanguard-managed company retirement... Read more

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    401(k) Savings: How Women Behave Differently Than Men

    Video Transcript Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningtar.com. Do female 401(k) participants tend to behave differently than their male counterparts? I recently sat... Read more

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    5 Issues Still on Investors’ Plates

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar and welcome to The Friday Five. Today we have a special Thanksgiving edition. Morningstar markets editor... Read more

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    5 Things Investors Can Be Thankful for in 2014

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. We hope you’ve had a lot to be thankful for in 2014 if you’ve been invested... Read more

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    Managing Retirement Healthcare Costs: What You Can Do Now

    Video Transcript Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningstar.com. healthcare costs are among the biggest expenses in many retiree households. Joining me to discuss... Read more

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    Overcoming Three Common Obstacles to a Secure Retirement

    Do you think you’ve saved enough for retirement? Do you think you’ll ever retire? Research from such organizations as the Conference Board of Canada shows... Read more

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    A Year-End To-do List for Investors

    Video Transcript Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningstar.com. As the year winds down, investors should have a few key items at the top... Read more

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    Buyer Beware, Online Shopping Prices Vary User to User

    People have a mental model of shopping that is based on experiences from brick-and-mortar stores. We intuitively understand how this process works: all available products... Read more

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    How Much Should You Tip?

    How much should you tip when you go out to eat, get a cab, or other things? We’re breaking it down for you! According to... Read more

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    Spain Passes “Stress Test” of the European Central Bank

    MADRID—On October 26  2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) published its overall evaluation that reveals “the financial health of 130 European banks in the Eurozone,... Read more

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    Wait, Americans Spend How Much on Halloween?

    U.S. retail sales were disappointing in September, worrying analysts that consumers may be feeling stretched or cautious as the biggest shopping season of the year... Read more

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    Sweden May Become First Cashless Society

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Sweden could become one of the first cashless countries, a new report finds. Swedes already conduct four out of five transactions without involving cash... Read more

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    Understanding Your FICO Credit Score

    The best way to understand how to build credit is to first understand how credit scores are composed. The score we will be using in... Read more

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    10 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

    Eating healthy doesn’t always need to be expensive – with some guidance and a little bit of planning, you can be eating healthfully while saving... Read more

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    Why the Best Dividend Stocks Are Your Most Reliable Investment

    Dividends rarely get the respect they deserve, especially from beginning investors.  That’s because a dividend-paying stock’s yearly 2–3 percent or 5 percent yield barely seems... Read more


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