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©2009 Morningstar. All rights reserved. The Morningstar name and logo are registered trademarks of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar Advisor Fall 2008 Taxes Financials Managers American Funds MorningstarAdvisor.com The magazine of investing insights for independent-minded advisors Summer 2008 Spotlight Spotlight Summer 2008 A 529 Travel A 529 Travel Guide Guide Where to goto go to the the Where to find find best best plans, and plans, and the states where you’ll the states where you’ll find the worst. find the worst. Best Best Year plan was on best list best list Year plan was on Year plan was on worst list worst list Year plan was on Alaska T.Alaska Price College Savings Plan† Plan† Rowe T. 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Keep it locate the nation’s nation’s best Wyoming College Achievement and worst 529 plans. plans. and worst 529 Improving Improving 2008 2004 2008 2004 2008 a 2007 ba 2007 2007 b 2007 2007 a 2008 2007 2006 2006 2006 2005 2004 2008 2007 ba 2008 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 b 2008 2008 2005 2004 a 2006 2005 2005 2004 ba 2006 2006 2005 2005 2004 b 2006 2005 2004 a 2008 ba 2008 2008 2005 2005 Spotlight: College Savings 32 Work Your Way Through College Planning The number of hurdles grows to reach such a simple goal: financing a college education. 36 Sizing Up the Options We inspect the more popular college-savings vehicles and tally their pluses and minuses. 38 Best and Worst 529 CollegeSavings Plans Across the nation, many states clean up their messes, while others continue to offer bad plans. 42 A 529 Travel Guide Where to go to find the best plans, and the states where you’ll find the worst. 45 10 Tax-Smart Tips for College-Savings Planning Section 529 savings accounts need to be handled with care; otherwise, their tax benefits could turn into tax nightmares. Morningstar Conversation 50 Global Dialogue With profits falling and uncertainty spreading, T. Rowe Price manager Rob Gensler discusses his approach to investing in the world’s diverse markets. Undiscovered Managers 58 How Sequoia Cranks Out Good Returns Year after Year If you’re harboring doubts about Sequoia Fund’s reopening, cast them aside. It’s still a good mutual fund. 61 The Many Layers of David Winters A successful entrepreneur and world-class investor, Winters achieved both by taking an eclectic approach. 2007 2006 2005 b 2008 2007 2006 2005 2006 2005 2004 2006 2005 2004 The College Savings Landscape: Choices are plentiful, as are the challenges. *Broker sold only sold only *Broker †Direct sold†Direct sold only only All other plans are available through both channels. channels. All other plans are available through both 42 Morningstar Advisor Summer 2008 42 Morningstar Advisor Summer 2008 MorningstarAdvisor.com 43 MorningstarAdvisor.com 43 Gray Matters Gray Matters Morningstar Conversation Another Block in Building a Portfolio Another Block in Building a Portfolio By Tom Idzorek Idzorek By Tom It’s now possible to proveproveprivate equity has ahas a place in a It’s now possible to that that private equity place in a diversified collection of assets. diversified collection of assets. New research from Ibbotson Associates New research from Ibbotson Associatesstudied—private equity improved the risk/ the risk/ A new waynewgaining access to the private private studied—private equity improved A of way of gaining access to the is shining shining lightrolethe role equity equityreturn characteristics of a model a model asset is light on the on private private return characteristics of asset equity asset class is emerging, however.however. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009

Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009
Contents
New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Letter from the Editor
Contributors
Inbox
How Do You Gauge and Measure Risk?
No Skinny-Dippers Here
Heading to Shore
Investment Briefs
Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Déjà Vu All Over Again
A Failure to Gauge Risk
Five Areas to Find Opportunities
Getting a Read on Risk
Heavenly Returns
Greenspring Comes to the Rescue
How to Spot a Trustworthy REIT
Four Picks for the President
Find Succor in These Large Dividends
These Stocks Are Fiscally Fit
Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
Undervalued Stocks
Most Popular Variable Annuities
New at Morningstar
You Gotta Look Sharpe
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Intro
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Cover2
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 1
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 2
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Contents
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 4
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 5
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 7
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 8
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Letter from the Editor
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Contributors
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Inbox
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - How Do You Gauge and Measure Risk?
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 13
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - No Skinny-Dippers Here
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 15
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 16
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Heading to Shore
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 18
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 19
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Investment Briefs
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 21
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 23
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 24
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 25
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 26
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 27
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Déjà Vu All Over Again
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 29
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 30
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 31
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 32
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 33
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - A Failure to Gauge Risk
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 35
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 36
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 37
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Five Areas to Find Opportunities
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 39
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Getting a Read on Risk
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 41
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 42
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 43
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 44
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 45
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 46
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 47
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Heavenly Returns
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 49
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 50
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 51
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Greenspring Comes to the Rescue
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 53
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 54
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 55
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - How to Spot a Trustworthy REIT
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 57
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Four Picks for the President
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 59
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Find Succor in These Large Dividends
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 61
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - These Stocks Are Fiscally Fit
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 63
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 65
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 66
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 67
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 50 Most Popular Equity ETFs
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 69
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 70
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 71
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Undervalued Stocks
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 73
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 74
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 75
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Most Popular Variable Annuities
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 77
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - 78
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - New at Morningstar
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - You Gotta Look Sharpe
Morningstar Advisor - February/March 2009 - Cover3
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