Morningstar Qualitative Managers of the Year

We announce the winners of our inaugural Pan-Europe Qualitative Manager of the Year awards.

Christopher J. Traulsen, CFA 22 February, 2010 | 8:49AM
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This year, we’re giving out our first ever Pan-Europe Qualitative Fund Manager of the Year Awards. The awards are based entirely on the work of our team of more than 25 qualitative analysts across Europe and are meant to recognise managers who had a strong 2009, but who we also believe will do well for investors in the long-term and who have shown themselves to be good stewards of investors’ capital.

2009 provided our staff with something of a conundrum. On the one hand, after two horrendous years of markets roiled by the credit crisis, investors finally saw a strong rally that helped them claw back some of their losses. On the other, the rally was led by lower-quality, speculative issues. Hence, the funds that did best were often those that took the most risk. While that happens to have worked well last year, it’s rarely a strategy for sustained success and our own research has shown that investors often misuse higher-risk offerings, buying after runs and selling after downturns.

Our analyst staff vigorously debated the pool of nominated managers (click here and here to see the nominees for the awards), and we’re confident in saying that we believe them to be among the very best in their respective disciplines and the most deserving of our awards this year.

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