Why Some Categories Have No Gold-Rated Funds

High conviction in the managers, low fees and the ability of producing alpha are the main requirements to receive a Gold rating by Morningstar analysts.

Annalisa Esposito 23 September, 2020 | 9:07AM

Gold Funds

Have you been scouting for Morningstar Gold-Rated funds in a specific category and have not managed to find any? Fund ratings can be a helpful tool in whittling down the enormous universe of available funds to choose from and deciding which ones to add to your portfolio. But if Morningstar analysts don’t see any funds in a category as worthy of a Gold rating in a category, then there won't be any.

“If you can't find a Gold-Rated fund in a particular category, it simply means we don’t think there is someone strong enough to earn a gold rating,” says Christopher Traulsen, director of fund research at Morningstar. There are myriad reasons that funds might not cut the mustard: lack of talented managers in the category, high fees or a poor record in beating the benchmark, to name just a few.

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Annalisa Esposito  is a data journalist for Morningstar.co.uk

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