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LICs pivot; gold's time; SMSFs COVID checklist; market Ponzi; funding retirement; Australia's debt; surprising survey results.

A more disciplined investment approach can help investors avoid bad outcomes, writes Amy C. Arnott.

Most of us have never seen a bond market like this, writes Morningstar's Eric Jacobson.

Snap back or road map survey; family business success; property trust winners; ethical not fluffy; fix SMSF EPOA; Ackman on super; define defensive.

Resurgences in outbreaks make it clear that ending the pandemic requires more than testing, contact tracing, and social distancing, says Morningstar's Karen Anderson

A one fund investment for beginners, 5 big SMSF trends, new speculators, COVID means work longer, China-US decoupling, fixed income matrix.

We've safely averted much of what would result in a long-term financial crisis during the covid-19 downturn, write Preston Caldwell and Eric Compton.

Without more government scrutiny, conflicts of interest will continue to occur, industry insiders argue.

It pays to be an all-rounder when you’re picking up after others.

Income v capital on shares; Ruthven criticises lockdowns; making vaccines; global equity game plan; capital raising; bond big bang; energy parity.

Keating v Hume; Hamish Douglass uncertainty v optimism; 10 themes for 10 years; poor 106th trade rank; earnings maths don't work; large v small caps.

Pre-COVID, corporate debt was at an all-time high, and at an all-time low-quality level. Now, a lot of that low-grade debt is being downgraded to junk status.

Morningstar's second-quarter 2020 market commentary covers the yield curve, trends in US investments abroad, and more.

The Fed is snapping up double-digit percentages of the corporate-bond ETF market.

Global tech and healthcare stocks stood firm as the market was blindsided by the coronavirus.

Investors in Australia are vulnerable as governments across the region try to stimulate growth

Investors should check their exposure to bonds, hybrids and equities as companies face rising risks of failure, warns BondAdviser's John Likos.

Investors are running out of savings options—but there is room for optimism.

 

The share market rout has pushed bond yields to record lows but investors shouldn't ignore the diversification benefits of credit assets.

The recent tumult illustrates the importance of using your time horizon to guide what kinds of bond funds to hold--or whether to hold them at all.

A dramatic spike in bond yields since coronavirus hit reflects fears highly indebted companies won't survive, writes Anthony Fensom.

Hedging may help further protect against a fluctuating dollar if you're buying currency to help ride out market volatility. 

Cash is the only safe haven, says BondAdviser, as coronavirus punishes high debt companies and Australia's property-addicted economy risks slipping into recession.

The US is slowing the coronavirus spread as drug makers race toward a vaccine; while the longer-term economic effect will be modest, say Morningstar analysts.

What we’ve learned about sticking out bear markets, avoiding short-term losses, and not trying to time the market.

Within the context of properly functioning of markets, circuit breakers can help with price discovery that could establish where the bottom is – but they also increase anxiety.

From stock opportunities to survival guides, from market updates to fund managers' forecasts, Morningstar examines the effect of covid-19 on the investment world.

Morningstar head of behavioural science Steve Wendel on why we don’t just owe it to ourselves to stay calm as we weather the storm. We owe it to one another.