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Weekly Wrap: What You Need to Know About Cryptocurrencies, China's Bond Market, and the 2021 Holiday Season

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


Editor's Picks

Your 2022 Medicare Fall Enrollment Checklist
How to effectively and efficiently re-evaluate your prescription drug or Medicare Advantage coverage.

3 Warren Buffett Stocks on Sale
These undervalued stocks are among the holdings in Berkshire Hathaway today.

6 Upgraded Stocks on Sale
We’ve raised the fair value estimates on these undervalued stocks.

Is 3.3% the New 4.0%?
Recent Morningstar research shows that the 4% standard for in-retirement withdrawals may be a bit too aggressive.

529 Plans Aren't Just for College Anymore
From kindy to college alternatives, how to use your education savings plan.

8 Key Takeaways on the Outlook for Fed Policy

While Powell is tapped for a second term, the outlook for Fed policy has plenty of unknowns.

Portfolio Planning and Personal Finance With Christine Benz

3 Great Charitable-Giving Strategies for Retirees in 2021
Tax-friendly ideas for small, medium, and supersize givers. 

Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds

The Problems With the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Fund
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust opened the floodgates but is structurally inadequate.

5 Things Investors Can Be Thankful For
A soaring market and sinking fees top the list.

Taking Stock of China’s Bond Market
A primer on the Chinese bond market and the ETFs offering exposure to it.

Stocks

Lingering COVID Concerns Slow Airline Recovery Takeoff
Continued pandemic fears have mispriced the risk in Delta and Southwest.

Our Ultimate Stock-Pickers' Top 10 High-Conviction Purchases
Several funds see value in technology and communication services.

An Investor's Guide to 2021 Holiday Sales
The market has already baked many retailers’ holiday sales potential into pricing, but there are still opportunities.

2 Cybersecurity Stocks Well-Positioned Amid Increased Ransomware Attacks
These stocks can be on investors’ watchlists as organizations spend more IT security dollars.

Rekenthaler Report

Will Cryptocurrency Protect Against Inflation?
The common assumption might be false.

From the Archives: How to Be a Great Fund-Company CEO
 Jack Bogle set the standard.

The Long View Podcast

Phil Huber: Finding an Edge in Alternative Investments
The blogger and CIO of Savant Wealth Management discusses his new book on alternative investments amid a sobering outlook for the traditional 60% stock/40% bond portfolio.

Sustainability Matters

What’s the Cost of Buying Good ESG Companies?
We've found investors are paying too much for good ESG companies and too little for bad ESG companies. Here's how to overcome that.

The Short Answer

Black Friday Deals Are Here. Will You Stick to Your Budget?
 Those great deals may actually end up being worse for your wallet.

Policy

How Safely Are You Trading Cryptocurrencies?
 Investors should be aware of the lack of regulation.

Commentary

How 'Renegades' Transformed Finance With Indexing
 The Financial Time’s global finance correspondent, Robin Wigglesworth, examines indexing’s serendipitous beginnings and the innovators who transformed the financial industry.

How Where You Live Impacts Savings Rates
Examining regional differences and similarities in savings rates across the U.S.

Rondure Global Advisors Takes on the World
'For women to be represented and have visibility in this industry is a success.'

What is the Federal Reserve and How Does it Work?
 A series of frequently asked questions about the Fed.

Most Requested Stock Quotes

Apple
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR
Visa Inc Class A
PayPal Holdings Inc
NVIDIA Corp

Most Requested Fund Quotes

Fidelity Blue Chip Growth
T. Rowe Price Capital Appreciation
Dodge & Cox Stock
T. Rowe Price Blue Chip Growth
Vanguard Dividend Growth Inv

Most Requested ETF Quotes

ARK Innovation ETF
Invesco QQQ Trust
SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF
Vanguard S&P 500 ETF