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Is Your Stock Portfolio Outperforming The S&P 500?

|Includes: SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (SPY)

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March 25, 2013 - Is Your Stock Portfolio Outperforming the S&P 500? - by Morningstar Investment Research

It turns out there is a simple way to generate real wealth in the stock market: Buy quality companies when they are trading on the cheap and hold them until better opportunities arise. Forgive me for stating the obvious. But in a world overloaded with exotic investment vehicles, this common sense approach is often overlooked.

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