Morningstar Selects KPMG as Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Oct 27, 2010, 16:05 ET from Morningstar, Inc.

CHICAGO, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc., (Nasdaq: MORN) a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced it has selected KPMG LLP (KPMG) as its independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 2011. KPMG will replace Ernst & Young LLP, which will complete Morningstar's fiscal year 2010 audit.

The audit committee of the board of directors of Morningstar made its selection after conducting a thorough formal review and soliciting proposals from several accounting firms.

Cheryl Francis, chairman of Morningstar's audit committee, said, "Our action is in keeping with committee responsibilities to select the company's independent auditors. While we evaluate auditor performance regularly, we believe it is good practice to conduct a competitive review every five years when the auditing firm's partner rotation occurs. Morningstar has had a good working relationship with Ernst & Young for five years, and we thank the team for its service."

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Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on approximately 370,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 4 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. The company has operations in 26 countries.

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