Downgrades Dominate as Rating Changes Kick In

First 55 funds are analysed under the enhanced Morningstar Analyst Rating methodology, with costly funds downgraded six times as often as inexpensive funds

Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA 12 November, 2019 | 11:11AM

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There have been a number of downgrades among the first batch of funds to be reviewed under the newly enhanced Morningstar Analyst Rating methodology.

As part of the enhancements to the Morningstar Analyst Rating, we’ve streamlined our five pillars to three – People, Process and Parent – and given more weight to the effect of fees on a fund. Under the enhanced system, different ratings may be given to a fund’s various share classes, depending on their fees, whereas previously all share classes for a fund automatically received one single rating.

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Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA  is director of fund research, Europe and Asia, Morningstar.

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