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Morningstar.com Offers Online Seminar: 'Seven Rxs for Painless Health-Care Investing'

CHICAGO, Oct 24, 2002 – Investors searching for remedies to revive their portfolios can turn to Morningstar's new online seminar, "Seven Rxs for Painless Health-Care Investing." Part of an ongoing series of comprehensive, interactive workshops that address different aspects of fund and stock investing, this seminar guides Morningstar.com members on investing in health-care and biotechnology stocks. The online seminar begins Wednesday, Oct. 30, and runs for three weeks. 

During the weekly sessions, participants learn what makes the health-care industry appealing despite current market conditions, determine the best stock prospects, and identify potential drawbacks. Throughout the course, they will join a special "Conversations" area to share ideas and take part in question and answer sessions with the instructor, Morningstar biotechnology stock analyst Jill Kiersky. 

During the online seminar, participants will learn the following: 

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002
Session 1: What Kind of Health-Care Firm is Right for You?

Rx #1: What can health-care stocks do for your portfolio?
Rx #2: Are health services smart investments?
Exercise: Assess the suitability of various health-care firms for your specific portfolio.

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002
Session 2: Analyzing Health-Care Firms
Rx #3: Are pharmaceuticals the cure for your portfolio?
Rx #4: Are biotechnology stocks worth the risk?
Rx #5: Uncover opportunities in medical-device and supply firms.
Exercise: Research and compare annual reports of health-care stocks in order to separate the solid, growing companies from the underperforming, risky companies.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2002
Session 3: Pitfalls to Avoid
Rx #6: Examine common pitfalls in health-care investing.
Exercise: Identify the "trouble spots" in a sample case study, and apply this type of analysis to your portfolio.
Rx #7: Special Section: Learn how to examine a firm's drug pipeline.

"This is our first online seminar that focuses on one sector of the stock market," said Haywood Kelly, editor-in-chief of Morningstar.com. "We want to arm investors with a step-by-step plan on how to research an industry, interpret financial statements, and determine which stocks are worth adding to their portfolios." 

"Seven Rxs for Painless Health-Care Investing" includes interactive exercises and access to Morningstar's proprietary Analyst Reports on health-care stocks. Each session takes one to two hours to complete, depending on the amount of time participants spend interacting with Kiersky and each other. 

Kiersky checks the "Conversations" area regularly every business day, responding to questions and taking part in online discussions with participants. A special online help area is also available to participants seeking technical assistance with the seminar or with the Portfolio X-RaySM tools that are available throughout the course. 

Interested investors may register for Morningstar.com's online seminar until Nov. 7, 2002. The cost is $19.95 for Morningstar.com Premium Members and $39.95 for free members. For more information, go to:


About Jill Kiersky

Jill Kiersky is a Morningstar stock analyst covering the biotechnology and medical-devices industries. Before joining Morningstar, Kiersky worked as a management consultant specializing in health care, financial services, and human resources. She holds a bachelor's degree in organizational behavior from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in business administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About Morningstar, Inc.

Chicago-based Morningstar, Inc. is a global investment research firm, offering an extensive line of print, software, and Internet-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, institutions, and the media. The company is a trusted source for investment information, data, and analysis of stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and variable annuity/life subaccounts.

Morningstar.com is listed among the top investing sites by publications such as Barron'sForbes, and Worth. Morningstar provides investment information for a number of leading Web sites, including Microsoft MoneyCentral, Quicken.com, America Online, Yahoo! Finance, and Netscape Personal Finance.

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