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Contributors Lee Davidson, Warren Miller, and Magdalena Mroczek When we started exploring story ideas for this issue's theme, "Where to be active," our first thought was to tap Morningstar's new quantitative research team, which was formed in 2013 and is headed by Warren Miller, who was integral in the creation of Morningstar's quantitative equity and credit ratings. His team is tasked with deriving analytically rigorous tools and methodologies for investors. Readers can get a sense for that work in "Where It Pays to be an Active Fund-Picker" (Page 36). In this article, team member Lee Davidson, a former exchange-traded- fund analyst, switches gears from his passive roots and looks at when it makes sense to use active management by weighing the low fees of an index offering against the potential for a manager to outperform. Davidson's effort is complemented by "The Valuation Angle of Active Investing" (Page 39). Author Magdalena Mroczek, who was previously the senior editor of several Ibbotson Associates data yearbooks, uses valuation dispersions within equities categories and regions as a gauge for when it is appropriate to use active or passive management strategies. "The price/ fair value ratio can be used as more than just a valuation measure. By looking at the valuation dispersions of various equity categories, we can pinpoint the greatest active investment opportunities," she says. This kind of research says a lot about how far investment analysis has come. Miller puts that point into context in "Preparing for the Next 50 Years" (Page 8), the first installment of a regular "Letter From" column by a member of the magazine's advisory board. Miller looks at innovations of the past 50 years and takes a shot at predicting which trends could shape the investing world over the next five decades. Editor-in-Chief Jerry Kerns Associate Editor Rob Wherry Editorial Board David Blanchett, Joel Bloomer, Heather Brilliant, Scott Burns, Paul D. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Morningstar Magazine - February/March 2014

Morningstar Magazine - February/March 2014
Letter From the Editor
Preparing for the Next 50 Years
Morningstar Managers of the Year
Fixing the Trust Deficit
Rethinking the Path to Retirement
Same Old, Same Old
Global Briefs
The Economic Implications of an Older World
Banking on Performance
Is the Affordable Care Act Healing Health Care’s Woes?70
Baxter Has a Positive Prognosis
Leading Fidelity’s Charge for RIAs
Our Favorite Mutual Funds
50 Most-Popular Equity ETFs
Undervalued Stocks With Wide Moats
Moving the Goal Post

Morningstar Magazine - February/March 2014