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New Morningstar Newsletter Alerts Investors to Best Dividend-Paying Mutual Funds

CHICAGO, Mar 18, 2003 – Dividend-paying mutual funds have not only performed far better than non-dividend payers during the bear market, but they've also grabbed investor attention because of the Bush Administration's proposal to repeal the dividend tax, according to Morningstar Fund Alert, Morningstar's new electronic newsletter. In its inaugural issue, which debuts this week, Morningstar analysts also name their favorite and least favorite dividend-paying funds.  

"Paying attention to dividend yields is important, because they have accounted for about half the stock market's return over the long haul," said Christine Benz, editor of Morningstar Fund Alert. "Investors searching for a fund that pays dividends should take into consideration many of the factors associated with choosing other funds--such as expense ratios, long-term returns, and volatility. We paid close attention to these issues when selecting our favorite dividend-paying funds."

Morningstar Fund Alert, a monthly electronic newsletter, includes analyses of the best and worst funds invested in a particular area of the market. Each month the newsletter will feature a different topic. Morningstar has long offered a suite of print newsletters, but Fund Alert is the first of several electronic newsletters the company plans to roll out this year.

"Fund Alert gives investors the opportunity to take an in-depth look at a fund type that is generating a lot of interest, and best of all, to find out Morningstar's favorite and least favorite funds within that group," Benz said. "The newsletter helps investors of all levels with practical ideas for managing their portfolios. In a full year of Fund Alert, we'll cycle through fund types that are of interest to both aggressive and conservative investors."

In the middle of each month, subscribers will receive an e-mail containing a link to the new edition of Morningstar Fund Alert. They can print the eight-page newsletter or read it online using Adobe® Acrobat®. A one-year subscription costs $49 for Morningstar.com Premium Members, and $69 for Morningstar.com registered users. To subscribe, investors should visit: http://members.morningstar.com/prism/NewsletterPDF/MFALanding.html

About Christine Benz
Christine Benz is editor of Morningstar® FundInvestorSM, a monthly newsletter for individual investors and Morningstar Funds 500, an annual publication covering the top 500 mutual funds. In 2002, she coauthored Morningstar's first book for individual investors, The Morningstar Guide to Mutual Funds: Five-Star Strategies for Success. Benz has worked as a Morningstar analyst and editor for the past nine years, focusing on growth-oriented funds. 

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.

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