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

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Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: the 18% dent in gold, the disappointing data on earnings, and more.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: 17 months and no turnaround at J.C. Penney, a 14% drop-off for PCs, and more.

Medalist funds--those that receive Gold, Silver, and Bronze Analyst Ratings--are likely to outperform their category peers and benchmarks on a risk-adjusted basis over market cycles of at least five years.

Morningstar's Patty Oey and Dan Rohr and Columbia Acorn's Andreas Waldburg-Wolfegg offer best practices for globe-trotting investors who must navigate choppy waters in today's market.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Japan's 2% target, the 88,000-job disappointment, and the 20 million Facebook phones that will never be.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: A 3,000 euro limit in Cyprus, Buffett takes 10 million shares, and BlackBerry 10 hits a respectable 1 million units sold.

In Session 1 of the 2013 Morningstar Individual Investor Conference, Northern Trust's Katie Nixon, Charlie Bobrinskoy of Ariel, and Morningstar's Bob Johnson tackle today's macro questions on government policy, economic growth, inflation, and more.

Morningstar's Bob Johnson assesses the impact of the FOMC's stimulus program so far and stacks up the Fed's growth and employment expectations against his own.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: 10 billion euros falls short for Cyprus, the Fed stays focused on 6.5%, and more.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Samsung enters a new Galaxy, Yum serves improved China sales, inflows continue into bonds, and more.

February's retail sales report showed that despite the payroll tax and higher gas prices, the consumer appears to be resilient right now, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Inefficient contributions and withdrawals and poorly timed asset purchases are among the many common tax-related blunders, but Morningstar's Christine Benz offers solutions to avoid such pitfalls.

Morningstar's Christine Benz offers hints for how retirees should approach taxes in regard to portfolio withdrawals, RMD reinvestments, property, health care, and estate planning.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: the $85 billion sequester, two divergent same-store sales stories, and more.

Looking to fully fund an IRA for the 2012 tax year? Get a shortlist of ideas from Morningstar strategists Heather Brilliant, Russ Kinnel, Sam Lee, and Josh Peters.

After a period of relative calm, the Italian elections and fight over the sequester underscore some of the structural problems facing the global economy; investors should be prepared for volatility, says Morningstar's Jeremy Glaser.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Fed's $40 billion bond buys in question, Wal-Mart's worrisome 1% same-store sales growth, and more.

Investors should take another look at their cost basis records, foreign tax credits, advisory fees, and any income that was spread to 2012 from a prior year's Roth conversion, says Investor Solutions' John Pitlosh.

Morningstar's Bob Johnson gives his take on recent disappointing retail and housing data, as well as higher gasoline prices and Fed stimulus worries.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Berkshire's stake in a $28 billion deal, Avon's not-so-pretty 1% sales growth, and more.

The U.S. government's contribution to GDP and the labor market will continue to shift going forward, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: a steep 41% dividend cut, a surprising 12% sales gain, and more.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: a critical 10 for BlackBerry, a promising 3.2% margin for Amazon, and more.

Five stats from the market and the stories behind them. This week: Apple's steep 12% drop, Netflix's 2 million subscribers, and more.

Bonds are a better option than cash and less volatile than stocks, but investors should be mindful of headwinds and possibly rethink their fixed-income allocations, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.

Several names have great dividend-growth potential, while industry tailwinds will be a boon for another, according to Sanibel Captiva's Pat Dorsey.

Headlines this week revealed a new nomination but an old hat at the Treasury, a new direction for an old-line grocer, and same-old, same-old at the ECB--for now, anyway.