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Investment Briefs

Are Bond Investors Too Late to the Party?
Investors need to select a healthy blend of asset classes in order to maintain portfolio income, lower risk, and outpace inflation, according to Morningstar research and communications manager Jim Licato. Fixedincome securities were relied upon rather heavily during the latest crisis as investors fled riskier alternatives. Prices were pushed up as a result, and yields fell sharply. However, yields, which have recently hit historical lows, will eventually start to move upward. Consequently, bond investors will then have to contend with falling prices because of the inverse relationship between prices and yields. Just how low will bond prices fall, and how much will the total returns of these investments suffer as a result? A bond’s riskiness and performance potential are closely tied to its maturity. The longer a bond’s maturity, the more volatile its price when interest rates rise or fall. Historically, shorter maturity bonds have been relatively insensitive to movements in interest rates, dropping an average of 1.3% when interest rates have risen and gaining an average of 1.4% when interest rates have fallen. (Analysis covers the time period January 1970 to

December 2009.) Bonds with longer maturities have been the most sensitive, dropping by an average of 8.3% when interest rates have risen and gaining an average of 9.7% when interest rates have fallen. Bonds have historically experienced return fluctuations just as many other asset classes have. The image below illustrates the range of returns for different bond funds from 1985– 2009. During this time period, high-yield and long-term fund categories had the greatest upside potential but with more risk than their short- and intermediate-term bond-fund counterparts. As was mentioned earlier, long-term bonds offer higher rates of interest to compensate investors for risks associated with longer maturities. While bonds may be losing their luster as the stock market has rallied of late, it is important to convey to your clients that while prices of bonds may be heading south in the near future, this investment vehicle can still be relied upon as a source of income and diversification. It wasn’t too long ago that stock investors, while suffering through one of the worst bear markets in history, wished they had a considerable amount of their wealth in the fixed-income market to help lessen the pain.

Five Undervalued ETFs to Let Run
Morningstar’s ETF analysts recently ran a screen searching for ETFs that both have outperformed the domestic large-cap market over the past year and are still undervalued relative to the market. Here are five such funds that, if they already owned them, the analysts wouldn’t part ways with just yet. (A price/ fair value of 1.0 means the security is fairly valued; anything under 1.0 is undervalued.) iShares MSCI EAFE Index EFA
One-Year Return: 42.2% Price/Fair Value: 0.87

This fund is the biggest and best-known ETF tracking the most established foreign large-cap index around, and it is still one of the best choices for a core foreign-stock holding. iShares MSCI Canada Index EWC
One-Year Return: 52.8% Price/Fair Value: 0.95

This single-country fund has a strong cyclical orientation. The top three sectors include financials (which accounts for 35% of the portfolio), energy (27%), and materials (19%). Risk-averse investors should note that this fund has a high exposure to commodities through its holdings in oil producers and gold miners. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF VTI
One-Year Return: 43.2% Price/Fair Value: 0.96

High-Yield Risk: The range of returns for different bond funds, 1985–2009.
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–5.8 –5.1 –3.8 –4.6 –1.0 28.0 22.2 22.1 18.5 17.5 15.8 45.7

This ETF covers the entire U.S. stock market for a rock-bottom cost of 0.09% a year, and it provides investors with one of the finest core holdings in the ETF universe. The fund tracks the MSCI U.S. Broad Market Index, which includes nearly all publicly traded domestic stocks. iShares Dow Jones US Oil & Gas Ex Index IEO
One-Year Return: 41.9%

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Price/Fair Value: 0.96

Given its extremely narrow theme focus, this

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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010
Contents
New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
Contributors
Letter From the Editor
What Risks to Bonds Are You Most Concerned About?
The Irrational Lizard Brain
Investment Briefs
The Problem With Financial Plans
Preparing for Turbulance
Different Models, Similar Results
The Game Is Up
Some People Are Bullish on Bonds
Bonds We Like
What Does Harry Markowitz Think?
Escape From the Pack
Four Picks for the Present
Rising Rates Could Affect Equities, Too
The Banking Sector Knocks on Wood
Back to Basics
On the Prowl for Smooth Operators
Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
50 Most Popular ETFs
Undervalued Stocks With Wide Moats
New at Morningstar
R-E-S-P-E-C-T
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Contents
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - New on MorningstarAdvisor.com
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Contributors
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Letter From the Editor
Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - What Risks to Bonds Are You Most Concerned About?
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - The Irrational Lizard Brain
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Investment Briefs
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - The Problem With Financial Plans
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Preparing for Turbulance
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Different Models, Similar Results
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - The Game Is Up
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Some People Are Bullish on Bonds
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Bonds We Like
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - What Does Harry Markowitz Think?
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Escape From the Pack
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Four Picks for the Present
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Rising Rates Could Affect Equities, Too
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - The Banking Sector Knocks on Wood
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Back to Basics
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - On the Prowl for Smooth Operators
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Mutual Fund Analyst Picks
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - 50 Most Popular ETFs
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - Undervalued Stocks With Wide Moats
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Morningstar Advisor - June/July 2010 - New at Morningstar
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