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Morningstar Advisor Workstation Now Available on MorningstarAdvisor.com

CHICAGO, Aug 28, 2001 – Morningstar, Inc., a leading provider of investment information and analytical tools, today announced that the Morningstar® Advisor WorkstationSM, a comprehensive set of online tools for investment planning professionals, is now available on www.MorningstarAdvisor.com, its Web site for financial advisors. 

The Morningstar Advisor Workstation combines daily updates of stock and mutual fund information, daily security and portfolio level alerts, portfolio analysis and asset allocation tools, hypothetical illustrations, client management tools, and individual and batch report processing capabilities -- all in one Web application. 

"Our launch of the Workstation marks a significant advance in how we provide data and services to financial advisors," said Chris Boruff, president of Morningstar's advisor business. "Advisors typically spend long hours piecing together different software systems. With the Workstation, advisors will be able to streamline their practices, produce powerful new reports, and spend more time with their clients."

Morningstar Advisor Workstation also provides institutions and their representatives with flexible Web-based research, planning, and proposal tools. Financial institutions can customize the individual tools they make available to their representatives, define which investments advisors will view, control access to the planning tools, specify activity sequences, and customize features and methodologies including asset allocations.

Advisors may register for a 30-day free trial of the Workstation by clicking on the "Workstation" tab on MorningstarAdvisor.com. 

About Morningstar
Chicago-based Morningstar Inc. is a leading, independent provider of investment information and analytical tools. Morningstar supplies a variety of products and services to professional investment advisors, including Morningstar® Advisor WorkstationSM, a comprehensive set of online tools for investment planning professionals, Morningstar® Principia® Pro investment management software, Morningstar Mutual Funds™, the annual Morningstar Investment Conference, and the Morningstar Professional Education Series

Morningstar® Principia® Pro, first introduced in 1996, is one of the most popular resources in the financial planning industry. Principia Pro's exclusive Multi-Asset Portfolio Developer takes a real world portfolio containing any mixture of investments and analyzes them as one cohesive unit. 

Morningstar's Web site for advisors, www.MorningstarAdvisor.comSM, was launched in mid-2000 and currently has nearly 60,000 registered users. MorningstarAdvisor.com offers Morningstar Reports on more than 24,000 stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, and variable/annuity subaccounts. MorningstarAdvisor.com's Due Diligence Center helps advisors streamline the process of comparing due diligence information from different mutual fund families by establishing an industry-standard format and a database of Due Diligence Questionnaires (DDQs) on individual investments from a growing list of institutions.

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