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Morningstar Assigns New Ratings to 83 U.S. Funds; Downgrades Four Funds; Affirms Ratings on 74 Funds, One Target-Date Series in June

CHICAGO, July 10, 2017 -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, has published a summary of Morningstar Analyst Rating™ activity for 161 U.S. mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and two target-date series that occurred in June 2017. The Morningstar Analyst Rating for funds represents Morningstar's conviction in the fund's ability to outperform on a risk-adjusted basis over the long term. The five-tiered, qualitative Morningstar Analyst Rating scale has three positive levels, indicating Morningstar Medalists—Gold, Silver, and Bronze—in addition to Neutral and Negative ratings.

In June, Morningstar's Manager Research Group assigned new ratings to 83 funds. In addition, analysts downgraded ratings for four funds, affirmed ratings for 74 funds and one target-date series, and placed one target-date series under review.

As of June 30, 2017, Morningstar analysts had assigned a Morningstar Analyst Rating of Gold to 142 unique U.S. funds, a Silver rating to 324 funds, a Bronze rating to 553 funds, a Neutral rating to 574 funds, and a Negative rating to 13 funds. Morningstar Medalists currently account for approximately 10 percent of unique mutual funds available for sale in the United States and 63 percent of assets under management. Morningstar's manager research analysts rate approximately $13 trillion of U.S. investor assets, or approximately 72 percent of total investor assets in the United States.

The following Morningstar Analyst Rating changes occurred in June 2017:

Previous Morningstar Analyst Rating/ Current Morningstar Analyst Rating
New Morningstar Medalists
AB Intermediate Bond / None / Bronze
AllianzGI Structured Return / None / Bronze
Baron Emerging Markets / None / Bronze
Columbia Floating Rate / None / Bronze
Dodge and Cox Global Bond / None / Bronze
Eaton Vance Floating-Rate and High Income / None / Bronze
Fidelity Advisor Strategic Dividend and Income/ None / Bronze
Franklin Balanced / None / Bronze
iShares Global 100 ETF / None / Bronze
JPMorgan Growth and Income / None / Bronze
Lazard US Equity Concentrated / None / Bronze
LSV Value Equity / None / Silver
Oppenheimer International Diversified/ None / Bronze
SPDR MSCI ACWI ex-US ETF / None / Bronze
SPDR SandP World ex-US ETF / None / Bronze
TCW Core Fixed Income / None / Bronze
Templeton Emerging Markets Small Cap / None / Bronze
Templeton Global Balanced / None / Bronze
Tocqueville International Value / None / Bronze
Voya Floating Rate / None / Bronze
Wells Fargo Core Bond / None / Silver
WisdomTree International Hedged Quality Dividend Growth ETF / None / Bronze

Downgrades
Artisan International Small Cap / Gold / Silver
BlackRock Global Allocation / Gold / Silver
Lord Abbett Developing Growth / Silver / Neutral
Oppenheimer International Growth / Silver / Bronze

Under Review
American Century One Choice Target-Date Series / Bronze / Under Review

A complete list of the new Analyst Ratings for 83 U.S. funds that Morningstar assigned in June is available here. A list of the Analyst Ratings for 74 U.S. funds and one target-date series that Morningstar affirmed in June is available here.

A summary of last month's Morningstar Analyst Rating changes for U.S. funds is available on Morningstar.com in the latest Fund Spy: Medalist Edition here.

Morningstar launched its Analyst Rating for funds and Global Fund Reports in November 2011. Morningstar Medalists—Gold-, Silver-, and Bronze-rated funds—are funds that analysts determine are likely to outperform their peer groups and/or relevant benchmarks on a risk-adjusted basis over a market cycle of at least five years. The differences between the positive ratings indicate the level of the analyst's conviction in a fund's future performance. Analysts arrive at a rating through an evaluation of five key pillars: People, Process, Parent, Performance, and Price. The Analyst Rating methodology for mutual funds is available here and for ETFs here.

To view a complete list and supporting analysis for Analyst Ratings for U.S. funds, please visit www.morningstar.com. Premium Members have access to a Morningstar Medalists screener, where users can sort funds by Morningstar Rating, Morningstar Analyst Rating, Fund Family, Manager Tenure, Expense Ratio, and other metrics. Morningstar's Global Fund Reports, in-depth research reports that include a wealth of data and analysis, are available in Morningstar DirectSM, the company's web-based global investment analysis platform for institutional investors, and in Morningstar OfficeSM, a global practice and portfolio management solution for advisors.

Morningstar has approximately 130 manager research analysts worldwide who cover approximately 4,270 funds. The company provides data on approximately 217,000 open-end mutual funds, 11,600 closed-end funds, and 14,100 exchange-traded product listings as of March 31, 2017.

About Morningstar, Inc.
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 $200 billion in assets under advisement and management as of March 31, 2017. The company has operations in 27 countries.

Morningstar's Manager Research Group consists of various wholly owned subsidiaries of Morningstar, Inc. including, but not limited to, Morningstar Research Services LLC. Analyst Ratings are subjective in nature and should not be used as the sole basis for investment decisions. Analyst Ratings are based on Morningstar's Manager Research Group's current expectations about future events and therefore involve unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause such expectations not to occur or to differ significantly from what was expected. Analyst Ratings are not guarantees nor should they be viewed as an assessment of a fund's or the fund's underlying securities' creditworthiness. This press release is for informational purposes only; references to securities in this press release should not be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell the securities.

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