5 Stock Picks from Morningstar

Morningstar is known for its expertise in tracking mutual funds. But the firm does at least as well picking stocks.

When you think of Morningstar, you think of mutual funds. The Chicago-based research firm does a solid job researching funds, and it probably offers more insights into more funds than anyone else. But for stocks, most people look elsewhere.

Big mistake. Morningstar employs about 100 stock analysts, and all told they cover almost 2,000 companies. By contrast, the firm employs about 90 analysts to cover mutual funds and exchange-traded funds.

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Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for Kiplinger.com and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or sgoldberg@kiplinger.com.