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New Morningstar Principia Module to Support Defined Contribution Planning

Industry-leading Software to Help Advisors Evaluate 401(k) and 403(b) Lineups for Plan Sponsors

CHICAGO, Aug. 25, 2005 – As sponsors of defined-contribution (DC) plans become increasingly concerned about the mutual fund options offered to their employees, more organizations are turning to financial advisors for guidance.  This fall, Morningstar, Inc. is adding a Defined Contribution Plans module to its Principia software system. The module will help financial advisors evaluate an organization’s current DC plan lineup and build a recommended list of investment selections, representing a variety of styles across the market.

Principia Defined Contribution Plans is designed to help financial advisors build strong 401(k) and 403(b) plans by highlighting several characteristics of mutual funds offered through a given plan, including:

  • Diversification across asset classes, styles, and regions,
  • Quality of the investment options, and
  • Fees associated with the plan and its investment options.

Designed to be used in tandem with Principia’s mutual fund modules, Principia Defined Contribution Plans allows advisors to quickly generate tailored reports designed to help present investment lineup recommendations to a plan sponsor – the defined contribution single plan report provides the details of each plan, and the plan comparison report gives a side-by-side illustration of two plans.

“We’ve designed compelling reports that highlight crucial information to help advisors effectively construct and present an appropriate mutual fund lineup to a plan sponsor,” said Chris Boruff, president of Morningstar’s advisor business. “Rather than piecing together their own reports from disparate sources, advisors can use Principia to assess and select mutual funds for a plan and quickly generate customized reports for their DC plan clients and prospects.”

Morningstar® Principia® is one of the most widely used resources in the investment advisory and consulting industry. The software system consists of eight modules that provide data on more than 17,000 mutual fund share classes, 5,800 stocks, 4,700 separate accounts, 700 closed-end funds, and 42,000 variable annuity subaccounts (as of Dec. 31, 2004). Each module is available separately or together in a CD-ROM format and features searching, screening, and ranking tools.

Principia Defined Contribution Plans costs $1,990 per year.  Morningstar is offering the software at an introductory ‘pre-launch’ rate of $995 per year. More information is available at: http://global.morningstar.com/us/principia/dcplans or via phone at 800-698-5875.

About Morningstar, Inc.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of investment research in the United States and in major international markets. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutional clients. Morningstar provides data on more than 125,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles. The company has operations in 16 countries.

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