BlackRock, T. Rowe Price and Templeton Scoop Morningstar Awards

The 2019 Pan-European Morningstar Awards saw three trophies handed out to acknowledge excellence in the industry

Holly Black 20 November, 2019 | 9:15AM
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BlackRock, T. Rowe Price and Franklin Templeton have all scooped awards at the 2019 Pan-European Morningstar Awards for Investing Excellence.

At a ceremony, which took place in Paris, Morningstar recognised some of the industry’s most accomplished investments and shareholder-friendly firms with winners across three categories: Outstanding Portfolio Manager, Rising Talent, and Outstanding Investment House. It comes after the Morningstar UK Fund Manager of the Year awards this summer

Michael Krautzberger, manager of the BlackRock Global Funds Euro Bond fund, picked up the award for Outstanding Portfolio Manager. The fund has held a Gold Morningstar Analyst Rating since October 2005. Krautzberger also heads BlackRock’s 14-strong Euro Fixed Income team. Morningstar analyst Evangelia Gkeka says: “Krautzberger has proved his expertise in combining his team’s views and ideas with inputs from BlackRock’s wider resources into portfolios that add value in a consistent and incremental manner.”

Here, Krautzberger talks to Mara Dobrescu, director of manager research at Morningstar, about his investment approach:



Calvin Ho, co-manager of the Templeton Global Bond fund, was awarded the coveted Rising Talent title. He was appointed as co-manager of the Silver-Rated fund in 2018 and while it is his first management role, Morningstar analysts say he is a “veteran global macro researcher”, having worked closely with the team at Franklin since 2005.

Morningstar director of fixed income manager research Karin Anderson says: “Ho’s work has been instrumental in some of the team’s highest profile calls over the past few years.”

Finally, T. Rowe Price took home the accolade of Outstanding Investment House. Morningstar analysts say the firm is a “best-in-class asset manager” and that investors benefit from the long tenures of the company’s managers, reasonable costs and attention to capacity.

Morningstar analyst Mathieu Caquineau says: “Despite headwinds facing active manager, T. Rowe Price remains a powerhouse within US and international equities. Even as the firm expands its footprint, it has retained the sensible and investor-focused culture that has long driven its success.”

Morningstar’s Benjamin Joseph asked T. Rowe Price portfolio specialist Laurence Taylor what sets the firm apart:



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