Season 10


June 20, 2014

Are we really in the midst of an energy revolution? Could the U.S become energy independent? What are the repercussions for the economy, investors and even national security? Financial Thought Leader and energy guru Tom Petrie uses his 40 years of experience as an energy analyst, investment banker and strategist to provide answers in this WEALTHTRACK exclusive. Continue Reading »


June 13, 2014

Several years ago when other investors were buying U.S. Treasuries for their safety and liquidity, Templeton Global Bond Fund’s award-winning manager, Michael Hasenstab was an early seller, a bearish position he maintains to this day. Famous for looking for bargains where others flee, Hasenstab is looking for opportunities in the Ukraine, Korea, and Malaysia with the thinking, “we have the whole world to choose from.” Continue Reading »


June 6, 2014

Christine Benz, Morningstar’s Director of Personal Finance is a huge fan of the “Bucket Approach” to retirement, a concept created by financial planning guru and another WEALTHTRACK guest, Harold Evensky. In order  to protect a retirement portfolio from the shock of significant market fluctuations, they recommend separating your money into three investment buckets.  Bucket one is completely liquid and safe to cover near term expenses. Bucket two is intermediate term, high quality bond and balanced funds for peace of mind.  Bucket three is for long-term appreciation. We asked Benz to give us specific recommendations for each bucket. Here are some of her core recommendations. Continue Reading »


June 6, 2014
Since WEALTHTRACK might be pre-empted because of public television fund raising drives this weekend, we are revisiting Consuelo’s interview with two Morningstar all-stars. You can watch it here.
Investing for retirement and the years in retirement is one of the biggest challenges any of us face. After extensive research on the topic, Morningstar’s Director of Personal Finance, Christine Benz has decided taking the “bucket approach” is a sound strategy.

She shares more on her contrarian strategy on getting more income from your portfolio here at Morningstar.

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May 30, 2014
When most of the country’s public television stations are running pledge weeks, we are revisiting Consuelo’s interview with a WEALTHTRACK Great Investor who made his name investing in small company stocks. Charlie Dreifus, the portfolio manager of the Royce Special Equity funds explains why he now favors large companies in today’s markets. Watch that episode here.

We tracked down Great Investor Charles Dreifus at the Munich airport for an update on his view of the stock market and large vs. small cap stocks in particular.
You might remember from previous WEALTHTRACK interviews that Dreifus, a Morningstar Domestic Stock Fund Manager of the Year has run the small and micro-cap focused Royce Special Equity Fund successfully for the last 16 years and that he convinced his boss, small-cap pioneer Chuck Royce to let him launch a large-cap focused fund, the Royce Special Equity Multi-Cap Fund in 2010.

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