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Morningstar Runs the Numbers

We take a numerical look through this week's Morningstar research. Plus, our most popular articles and videos for the week ended July 13.

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Inspired by Harper's Index (with a tip of the hat to FiveThirtyEight's Significant Digits blog), Morningstar Runs the Numbers uses a numbers-based approach to highlight recent Morningstar research, along with some outside news stories.

Bond funds can serve many purposes in retirees' portfolios. For one, they throw off much needed income. They also can provide some ballast against stock market swings. Here we take a look at two Gold-rated funds and a Silver medalist in the short-term, multisector, and inflation-protected bond categories. does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.