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Morningstar Associates Receives Subpoena from SEC, Request Seeks No New Information

CHICAGO, July 8, 2005 – Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN) today announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued a request for information in the form of a subpoena to Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar. The subpoena relates to services Morningstar Associates offers to retirement plan providers, including fund lineup recommendations for retirement plan sponsors.

Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar, said, “We have been fully cooperating with the SEC since it began an examination of Morningstar Associates in December of last year. In February of 2005, the SEC sent us a request for the voluntary production of documents that is virtually identical to the subpoena we received today. We have supplied substantially all of the information previously requested by the SEC. Because today’s subpoena does not contain any new requests, we do not believe the SEC is seeking any additional information through the subpoena.” 

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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