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Jason Stipp is director of Morningstar's individual investor products.

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Merger activity sizzles in the food business, Apple experiments with Beats, and Pfizer stays disciplined.

The current low-inflation, low-interest-rate environment could foster another two-plus years of double-digit total returns for investors, says Silver-rated Osterweis Fund manager Matt Berler.

Fed stays intent on tapering, Tiffany shares look rich, a big deal in pay TV, and Target feels a chill from Canada.

Two-speed recovery complications in Europe, Wal-Mart's woes, and questions about a different beat at Apple.

Draghi drops a hint, Whole Foods takes a hit, and Alibaba's impending IPO raises questions for Yahoo.

Bank of America makes a boo-boo, Twitter shares are still flying too high, Morningstar heads to Omaha, and more.

Still gas in the tank for Apple, Facebook gets mobile mojo, a possible wide-moat combination, and more.

The Oakmark manager notes how a long-term view, with strict buying and selling discipline and preparedness for short-term weakness, has allowed his international fund to beat its peers.

Google not going astray, banks look too big to earn, GE and Coke worth considering, and Chipotle's stock is overstuffed.

The Fed stays a course toward normalcy, stormy weather for FedEx, and housing hits a rough patch.

February's better-than-expected job gains were still below the 2013 monthly average, but we should see acceleration--albeit uneven--in subsequent months, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

This week: Geopolitics and investing, a real value in automakers, a value trap in retail, and a new CFO--but lingering questions--at Apple.

How investors should think about Ukrainian unrest, the Bitcoin debacle, and home prices that are poised for a breather.

As investors realize the impact of new tax increases, municipals are going to become more valuable--but research is key to finding value and avoiding trouble, says Fidelity's Kevin Ramundo.

The government's second read on fourth-quarter GDP, due Friday, will probably dip from the initial 3.2% reported growth rate--but don't hit the panic button, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Investors who build tax diversification, get savvy with RMDs, mind state taxes, and avoid the 'tax torpedo' can lighten their tax loads considerably in retirement, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.

Get a mix of IRA ideas--including sturdy core holdings, interesting opportunistic names, and steady income-payers--from Morningstar's Christine Benz, Josh Peters, and Ben Johnson.

After the Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples will want to consider new opportunities for amending income tax returns, streamlining estate plans, maximizing Social Security, and more, says financial planner Michael Kitces.

WhatsApp with Facebook's big buy? Plus, rumors rev over Apple's next move and budget-focused firms face headwinds.

Because frontier markets are seen as risky, risk tends to get priced more dearly, and valuations look more appropriate for the type of risk you are taking, says Wasatch Frontier Emerging Markets Small Countries Fund manager Laura Geritz.

As the government's debt-servicing costs and social-program spending increase during the next 10 years, it will be tough for GDP to hit its long-term 3% average growth rate.

Some static in the Comcast-TWC tie-up, Yellen and Pepsi stay the course, and slow and steady pays dividends for Realty Income.

With continued government headwinds, lackluster health-care and education hiring, and softness in retail jobs, construction and manufacturing will have to step up to the plate this year, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Twitter still flies too high, pressure mounts on Puerto Rico, and Disney gets a content kick.