Any signs that the Fed will be more aggressive in the pace of future rate hikes would be a surprise.
Cost savings will be the biggest driver of value in the chemical company mega-merger. Plus, Kinder's wakeup call for MLP investors, more muddle at Yahoo, and no room for error in Costco's share price.
Government deficit reduction has been dramatic in recent years, but isn't likely to continue. Plus, why are small-business owners feeling less optimistic?
The retailer's recent outperformance is already priced into the shares. Plus, look past the headline number on Friday's retail sales report.
In-line November employment data opens the door for a rate hike this month, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The Fed and ECB drove the market again this week. Plus, Yahoo faces a make-or-break decision, and auto sales keep chugging along.
Investors can take certain steps to counteract behavioral biases and stay on track, says Morningstar's head of behavioral sciences Steve Wendel.
An in-line or better-than-expected report on Friday will push the chances of a rate hike that much higher.
Minutes from the Fed's October meeting suggest a December rate hike, but investors should expect a gradual approach, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
HP and Tiffany results, plus housing, income and spending, and GDP data are on tap for the upcoming holiday-shortened week.
What to look for in the Fed's October minutes, discount retailer earnings, and more this week.
Earnings reports for some major retailers as well as retail-sales data will offer clues into how consumers are feeling.
Barring a data disaster between now and the Fed’s next meeting, October’s strong data should lead the Fed to modestly raise short-term rates, says Morningstar’s Roland Czerniawski.
What to watch in Facebook and big media company earnings, the October jobs report, and more.
What to look for in Apple results, big oil earnings, Starbucks' report, and the Fed's October meeting this week.
Outflows from high-yield and intermediate-term bond categories could be a sign that investors are growing more concerned about riskier fixed-income investments.
During market uncertainty, focus on investment costs and tax management, and use volatility as an opportunity, says Baird's Mary Ellen Stanek.
What we'll be watching for in Alphabet (Google), IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon earnings this week.
Investors needn't rigidly adhere to a three-bucket model, nor must they constantly rebalance, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.
How did market turbulence impact JP Morgan, BofA, Citi, and others? Plus, a preview of Netflix, J&J, and Intel results.
What we'll be looking for in PepsiCo, Alcoa, and Yum earnings, along with Fed minutes next week.
The flexibility that individual investors have to capture excess returns gives them an advantage over less-agile institutional investors, says Research Affiliates' Jason Hsu.
Mediocre labor data is a sign that the Fed may have missed the window to raise rates and may instead need to start thinking about further stimulus, says Morningstar’s Francisco Torralba.
Three China watchers at Morningstar's ETF Conference discussed what's behind the current volatility, what's next for the country's economy, and if investors should take a long-term stake.
China fears and Fed uncertainty sent markets lower in the third quarter, but stocks still aren't cheap.
Investors would be wise to stick with their long-term plan, as risk-taking will likely not be rewarded in the current market climate, says Vanguard's Joe Davis.
Yellen and company will be keying in on Friday's employment report as well as one of their preferred measures of inflation this week.
Purchasing-manager data this week shows stability in the U.S. and European economies as China continues to struggle, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Those hoping to discern if the economy is strong enough to warrant Fed action later this year or if growth is truly slowing won't get much new information this week.
Although overseas concerns halted Fed action this month, a hike is still in the cards this year--but it shouldn't derail the economy, say Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Don't be shocked by more volatility this week as the market anticipates and reacts to the Fed's decision, and tries to discern the path of future rate hikes.
Global concerns may well stay the Fed's hand, but recent data shows a resilient U.S. economy that could handle a rate hike, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
After Friday's middling job report, investors this week will continue to hunt for clues about the Fed's upcoming meeting. Meanwhile all eyes will be on China's market Monday as it reopens after a holiday.
A slowing China will have a profound impact, but it isn't the be-all and end-all to the health of the global economy, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
It's still a dice roll, but August's jobs number and other economic data mean a rate hike later this month is a real possibility, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Another disappointing August jobs report could derail the Fed’s rate hike plans even though the data is likely to be revised later, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
Investors will be scrutinizing data this week--especially the unpredictable August job report on Friday--for anything that may sway the Fed at its September meeting.
Even as energy continues to be a drag, a surprisingly strong housing market suggests that the U.S. economy may be picking up steam, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
The depth of the market sell-off isn’t justified by the data out of China, but that doesn't mean stocks look cheap today, says Morningstar’s Francisco Torralba.
Fed-induced complacency and inflated asset prices laid the groundwork for this week’s sell-off, says Wally Weitz.
The market correction has taken some of the froth out of equity markets, but it hasn’t left stocks looking cheap, says Vanguard’s Joe Davis.
Despite relatively frequent corrections of 10% or more, equities are still good long-term performers for investors, says the Oakmark manager.
Mind your liquid reserves, allocation plan, withdrawal strategy, and the small stuff you actually can control, says Morningstar's Christine Benz.
We'll be watching this week's housing data for clues.
Although the yuan's decline has been small so far, fears that it will depreciate further have fueled a global sell-off, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
July’s jobs report supports a rate hike in September, but a weak August number could derail the central bank’s plans, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
A modest deceleration in job growth is unlikely to push the Fed off its course to raise rates this year, says Morningstar's Bob Johnson.
Health savings accounts are growing in popularity, but many people are not taking full advantage of them, says HelloWallet's Jake Spiegel.
The second quarter’s GDP report underscored that consumer spending and residential investing will be the primary drivers of growth in the U.S. as business investment remains anemic, says Morningstar’s Bob Johnson.
The market pondered mixed earnings reports from Apple, Microsoft, IBM, and Amex this week, while GM had a better-than-expected quarter.