Reviews a recent article by Nobel laureate Robert C. Merton about the importance of focusing on income needs rather than volatility or asset levels in retirement planning, compares the valuation characteristics of exchange-traded funds tracking emerging markets indexes to those tracking major domestic indexes, and discusses historical profit margins at utilities and brand name companies. Featured companies: Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), Energizer Holdings Inc. (ENR), and Harbinger Group Inc. (HRG).

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