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Asian Private Banker Recognizes Morningstar as Best Service Provider for Fund Research
HONG KONG, 24 March 2017—Asian Private Banker, a pan-Asian private bank-focused media outlet, has named Morningstar the winner in the “Best Service Provider – Fund Research” category in its annual Asset Management Awards for Excellence. Morningstar received the award for its manager research, ratings, and service offering for the second year in a row.

The Asset Management Awards for Excellence are the preeminent representation of the opinions of the private banking and wealth management industry. Thirty-two key decision makers of fund selection and distribution across 25 private banks in Hong Kong and Singapore select the award winners. More information about the awards program is available at http://asianprivatebanker.com/awards.

“We are honored to be recognized by this award for our manager research offerings in Asia. Our mission at Morningstar is to help investors reach their financial goals, and we strive to be the trusted provider to private banks across the region. Our enterprise solution is a one-stop-shop for quality data, independent analytics, tailored reporting, and fund selection,” Nick Cheung, Chief Executive Officer for Morningstar in Asia, said. “In addition to hosting our research on Morningstar Direct, our institutional investment analysis platform, our service is further complemented by Morningstar Manager Research Services, which allows our analysts to share with our clients greater context on individual funds or strategies, investment teams, asset managers, or asset class developments. With our integrated offering, private banks are better equipped to select investments and create portfolios that meet the needs of their clients.”

According to Asian Private Banker’s judging panel, "Widespread dispersion of returns within traditional benchmarks and the growing demand for more than just traditional long-only solutions is leading to greater research demands in Asia’s private banking industry. For the second consecutive year, private banks continued to depend on Morningstar’s leading research capabilities for intel and insights, rightfully rewarding it as this year’s Best Service Provider - Fund Research."

Morningstar’s manager research is available in Morningstar Direct™, the company’s cloud-based investment analysis platform for institutions and advisors. More information regarding Morningstar Direct is available here.

Morningstar has approximately 120 manager research analysts worldwide who cover more than 4,100 managed investments. The company provides data on approximately 213,700 open-end mutual funds, 11,000 closed-end funds, and 14,000 exchange-traded product listings as of 31 December 2016.

About Morningstar, Inc. and Morningstar Investment Management Asia Limited
Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, retirement plan providers and sponsors, and institutional investors in the private capital markets. Morningstar provides data and research insights on a wide range of investment offerings, including managed investment products, publicly listed companies, private capital markets, and real-time global market data. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its investment advisory subsidiaries, with more than USD$200 billion in assets under advisement and management as of 31 December 2016. The company has operations in 27 countries.

The investment research reports made available are provided by various Morningstar entities that are authorized and registered with the proper regulatory authority or are exempt from such registration. Morningstar Investment Management Asia Limited is authorized and regulated by the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission to provide investment research and non-discretionary investment advisory services to professional investors only.

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