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Timothy Strauts

Timothy Strauts is head of manager research, North America, for Morningstar.

Prior to assuming his current role in 2022, he was director of quantitative research, funds; a manager on Morningstar’s markets research team; and a senior manager research analyst covering fixed income, financial sector products, and alternatives. Before joining Morningstar in 2010, he was a financial advisor for Smith Barney.

Strauts holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Questions over the U.K.'s separation terms, possible economic fallout, and the future of the EU itself could upset the markets in fits and starts for months to come, says Morningstar markets research analyst Tim Strauts.

Despite the sometimes scary headlines, assets flowed into both international developed-markets and European-stock funds in June.

Since 2003, the lowest-cost mutual funds have taken the lion's share of assets as the benefits of low fees became widely recognized and advisors moved away from commission-based accounts.

While poor timing decisions continue to drag on investor returns in most fund categories, the data suggest that automatic 401(k) enrollment and dollar-cost averaging have benefited target-date fundholders over time.

In the years ahead, passive flows will likely top active in the U.S. while continuing to grow in fixed income and international regions.

Russian stocks are incredibly cheap, but with serious concerns about rule of law and low oil prices, potential investors risk permanent loss of capital.