Research Manager Conference to Include Exclusive Opening General Session - Introducing the New Morningstar Analyst Ratings for Funds

Aug 09, 2011, 10:55 ET from Financial Advisor Magazine

SHREWSBURY, N.J., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar's director of fund analysis will explain the company's new system for rating funds to attendees at the Fiduciary Gatekeeper Research Manager Summit, produced by Financial Advisor and Private Wealth magazines.

Summit attendees will be among the first individuals to be walked through the Morningstar® Analyst Rating™ for Funds and Morningstar Global Fund Research Reports. The ratings are a forward-looking measure based on Morningstar analysts' research and will be launched later this year.

"Morningstar has been providing independent, analyst-driven fund research for 25 years, but we've now codified the various evaluation methods used by our team of more than 90 analysts around the world to create one harmonized global rating system. The rating is designed to supplement the fund due diligence process for investors and advisors and identify funds worth investing in over the long term," said Don Phillips, president of fund research at Morningstar, in announcing the new ratings.

Morningstar's Karen Dolan, CFA, director of fund analysis, will walk Fiduciary Gatekeeper Research Manager Summit attendees through the new analyst rating system, designed to supplement Morningstar star ratings. The Summit will be held in Boston, Sept. 26-28 at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers and will provide research professionals the chance to meet in small settings with leading investment managers from around the country.

"We expect the summit to attract up to 200 leading fiduciaries for two days of presentations focused on the investment capabilities and insights of up to 24 select investment management firms, kicked off by a special general session presentation by Morningstar. The goal of the summit is to streamline the traditional due diligence path by enhancing access, insight and interaction in a collegial educational setting and empower decision makers," said David Smith, group publisher of Charter Financial Publishing Network (CFPN).

In conjunction with their inaugural Fiduciary Gatekeeper Research Manager Summit, Financial Advisor and Private Wealth are soliciting nominations for the inaugural Due Diligence/Research Manager All Star Team. For more information on nominating a research manager, contact Jennifer Rhatigan at

Financial Advisor is a monthly magazine read by more than 90,000 independent advisors and has been rated the most widely read publication for independent reps and RIAs. Private Wealth is a bi-monthly magazine with a 30,000 circulation that exclusively targets advisors, service providers and other centers of influence that cater to the financial, legal, insurance/risk management and lifestyle demands of the ultra-affluent. In addition to publishing both magazines, CFPN publishes Journal of Indexes, Nick Murray Interactive and Exchange-Traded Funds Report. CFPN also produces Webinars and conferences for financial service industry professionals.

Jennifer Rhatigan
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