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Spencer Look: [These retirees] would succeed at least 95% of the time with a portfolio-only strategy.

Morningstar math shows annuity products are overkill for many affluent RIA clients because Social Security and portfolio planning render them redundant -- a reveal that annuity providers find to be pointy-headed nonsense

The out-of-the-blue report from the Chicago research giant claims that self-insurance does the job for the advised wealthy, especially backed by the federal safety net.

October 18, 2022 at 1:18 AM

Jeffrey Ptak: The star rating seems to tip the odds in the investor’s favor.'

Morningstar jumpstarts its star rating system with favorable self-review yet audit finds it misses the mark in bear markets, supporting claim of dubious predictive value cited by Wall Street Journal

The Chicago-based tracker assures investors that its ratings tilt odds in their favor though critics say it's more a gauge of momentum than scientific research.

August 31, 2022 at 5:08 AM

Cynthia Galiano: We have big ambitions. Our long-term vision is to bring together key Morningstar capabilities.

Morningstar downloads SMArtX--off-loads APL--to reload its stumbling TAMP to take on Envestnet-Orion for enterprises and RIAs

The Chicago giant sits on 180,000 largely unmonetized desktops thanks to its 'Work Station' and 'Office' software, but its RIA TAMP assets are meager after having no UMA to compete.

November 19, 2021 at 4:25 AM

John Rekenthaler: I am concerned about the amount of power the [biggest fund managers] wield, even if they wield that power well.

Suddenly Vanguard, BlackRock, State Street not only have the assets but the power of ESG mandates, which make them a growing threat to shareholder democracy, critics say

A handful of super-charged fund managers control $34 trillion of assets and most of the ESG inflows, giving them 'carte blanche' to shape corporate policies.

July 28, 2021 at 10:35 PM

Brendan Powers: Six percent of [RIAs] are outsourcing to asset allocation model portfolios ... [but] another 17% are using asset allocation models as a starting point.

Morningstar plows ahead with ratings in $2.1-trillion model portfolio market --thanks, UBS and Merrill -- but not with its coveted star system

The Chicago investment tracker now rates 139 models, up from 76, on a five-tier scale from gold to negative.

April 8, 2021 at 2:11 AM

Aron Szapiro: The Department of Labor’s approach is out of step.

Despite just a 30-day window, 8,700 people comment -- most with scathing disapproval -- on DOL's efforts to outlaw ESG in 401(k) plans on behalf of mystery proponents

The Department of Labor good-is-bad rulemaking clashes with the take of most Americans in 2020, who don't buy its investing logic, legal theory or take on humanity.

August 20, 2020 at 10:32 PM

Joseph Martel: We think they can afford to take more equity risk.

T. Rowe Price takes on the risk of its target date fund retirees outliving their savings -- by jacking up equity exposure even on the glide path

The Baltimore patriarch is using both actuarial and behavioral science as the basis for the contrarian move whose downside is accentuated as coronavirus gives the approach a rough start

March 2, 2020 at 6:13 PM

Ed O'Brien: Change is a natural and essential part of true innovation, which is why we recently restructured parts of the eMoney organization to support our business objectives.

Jeff Mello is latest to join eMoney's talent exodus but CEO Ed O'Brien says it's healthy renewal at a firm that added several hundred people since Fidelity bought it

The ex-Goldman Sachs director of strategy and planning at eMoney joins a growing list of departures exacerbated, sources say, by Fidelity putting a wobbly performance reporting software project -- and staff -- on its plate

February 28, 2020 at 11:09 PM

Rob Foregger: Moving beyond the target date fund ... that’s the vision ... they're now antiquated.

New class of robos lay siege to 'antiquated' target-date-funds (TDF) market; even defender of the 401(k) citadel, Vanguard, sees handwriting on the wall

Fidelity, Ascensus, and Morningstar are all making 401(k) moves that could see automated advice replace the Vanguard-dominated TDF market but maybe Vanguard just woke up in time to cannibalize the market itself.

October 8, 2019 at 3:02 AM

Dermot O'Mahony: Anyone who tells you that they can predict, with 100% accuracy, how a particular account will perform in 15 year’s time is either a charlatan or a time traveller.

After Orion, Fidelity and Envestnet paid big for planning software, Morningstar finesses a DIY planning hack for Workstation; Black Diamond is also trying finesse to counter the continuing planning software grab

The portfolio management giants spent a combined $800 million; Now Morningstar has Goal Bridge and SS&C assures it is keeping even in planning race

September 20, 2019 at 4:29 PM

Pete Giza: You look at any portfolio accounting management system today, it’s archaic. I don’t care which one you choose ... [They're] being left in the cosmic dust.

Pete Giza and Damon Deru go for Holy Grail of portfolio rebalancing with software that shuffles stocks, bonds... and asset classes; Believe it?

The RedBlack and TradeWarrior executives see old systems as 'archaic' yet know that the Black Diamonds, Morningstars, Orions and Tamaracs see rebalancing as a loss leader

June 11, 2019 at 9:49 PM

David Blanchett: Someone who expects to retire at 65 may be more likely to actually retire at 63 … [and] the impact can be severe: fewer years of saving combined with a greater need in retirement.

Morningstar causes uproar with new study that upends everything RIAs assumed about retirement planning, and it all comes down to a number

In July, Morningstar published its latest retirement report, and its author David Blanchett poses tough questions, suggesting advisors risk “havoc” when predicting retirement. But the industry claims it's well prepared.

August 17, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Scott Burns: We're not exiting our participation, we're just changing our role by giving ourselves more access to the process in a different way.

Morningstar makes tough choice in shedding a 'fiduciary' division -- perhaps to avoid a conflict

Once primarily a 'research' firm, now more of a 'data' firm, the Chicago-based firm was discordant selling 15(c) board consulting services and sell data into the same market, say experts

January 9, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Don Phillips: The Journal's article adopts the free-drink mindset, only in reverse.

How Morningstar got in the last word after The Wall Street Journal dropped a year-in-the-making investigative piece on the fund tracker's head

Don Phillips used Chicago street talk and wielded research muscle to hit the Dow Jones newspaper high and low

December 19, 2017 at 8:12 PM

Jud Bergman's Envestnet has seen a spectacular rebound in its share price since early 2016.

Publicly traded 'RIA' stocks are having a banner 2017

Wall Street is loving shares of Schwab, Envestnet, Morningstar and LPL

December 8, 2017 at 12:28 AM

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