Annual Morningstar® Awards Gala to be Held Nov. 27 in Toronto

Business News Network anchor Catherine Murray to host award dinner

TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Morningstar Research Inc., a Canadian subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), will host its annual Morningstar® Awards gala on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Morningstar Awards are designed to help investors identify the country's most exceptional funds and fund managers for the previous year.

Morningstar Awards are announced throughout the year around the world, honouring managers who have added the most value for investors. Fund and fund group nominees are selected based on sound quantitative methodologies that emphasize outperformance over one-, three-, and five-year periods.

The analyst-driven Fund Manager of the Year awards recognize managers who have not only achieved impressive risk-adjusted returns, but have also been strong stewards of shareholder capital over the long term. Morningstar has continued the expansion of the ETF awards line-up this year with the addition of the Best Specialty ETF Award. For the complete 2013 awards line-up, please visit "The Morningstar Awards recognize the best thinking from across Canada's fund research community. We convene a jury of experienced analysts who consider consistency and strength of management and its process, in addition to short- and long-term performance, to choose top funds in their respective categories," Christopher Davis, director of fund analysis for Morningstar Canada, said. "Jurors select nominees and finalists independently, which helps ensure high-quality, unbiased results. Investors need to do their own homework, of course, but they should regard finalists and the ultimate winners as among the best funds and fund companies in the country."

Catherine Murray, co-host of Business News Network's Market Sense and anchor of Canada's leading newscast, The Business News, will host the awards dinner. The evening will start with a networking cocktail reception, followed by the awards dinner and an after-party. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive items at live and silent auctions, proceeds of which will go to charitable beneficiary MusiCounts. Auction items will include an Air Canada Centre Maple Leafs alumni experience, a JUNO Awards weekend experience, a Canadian Music Hall of Fame Ultimate golf trip and a Blue Rodeo concert package.

MusiCounts is a Canadian music-education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the nationally televised JUNO Awards. MusiCounts' mission is to provide students with access to comprehensive music programs in Canadian schools. For the third year in a row, the proceeds from all submission-based awards will be donated to MusiCounts.

The Morningstar Awards gala attracts more than 500 guests annually. Individual tickets are $359 plus HST and range from $3,500-$4,500 plus HST for a table of 10. Full event details, including online ticket sales, are available at

About Morningstar, Inc.
Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of products and services for individual investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and retirement plan providers and sponsors. Morningstar provides data on approximately 437,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 10 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. Morningstar also offers investment management services through its registered investment advisor subsidiaries and has approximately $176 billion in assets under advisement or management as of Sept. 30, 2013. The company has operations in 27 countries.

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