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Morningstar Investment Management Review

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Morningstar Investment Management provides investment management advice to individuals through their 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. This division of the financial research giant also provides investment management services to institutional clients. 

Morningstar Investment Management Background

Morningstar Investment Management is part of Morningstar’s Investment Management group. This entity is composed of more than 90 investment professionals including analysts. The Group’s operation team spans more than 10 offices in Chicago, London and Sydney. 

Morningstar Investment Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Morningstar Investment Management works with various client types:

  • Individual retirement plan participants and individuals who are in retirement 
  • Plan providers and sponsors who offer investment advice programs to individual participants in defined contribution plans such as 401(k), 457 and 403(b) retirement plans
  • Financial institutions
  • Third-party advisory programs
  • Investment companies (including the Morningstar Funds Trust)

There is no minimum account size,

Services Offered by Morningstar Investment Management

Morningstar Investment Management offers two advisory programs. See below for more details: 

Retirement Plan Services for Individuals 

Morningstar Investment Management offers investment advice to employer-sponsored retirement plans. These may include 401(k) plans, 403(b) plans and more. 

Individuals have access to Morningstar’s retirement plan program through plan sponsors that work with the firm. 

Morningstar suggests investment strategies to its clients based on a thorough analysis of their financial situation, plan investment options, risk tolerance and retirement income needs. The firm draws from these and other factors to create investment portfolios within clients’ retirement plan accounts. These are built with asset allocations that Morningstar believes can help clients meet their retirement goals. 

The firm also offers clients access to Retirement Manager, an online platform designed to help participants make better investment decisions regarding their employer-sponsored retirement plans. 

Investment Management for Institutional Clients 

Morningstar Investment Management provides institutional clients such as large corporations with portfolio management services. These services encompass everything from devising investment strategies to building and monitoring client portfolios. 

The firm can also serve portfolio manager, portfolio construction advisor or sub-advisor to clients that sponsor registered or pooled investment vehicles. 

Morningstar Investment Management Investing Philosophy

Morningstar generally seeks growth by creating portfolios that adhere to the risk tolerance and goals of the specific client. Its investing strategy varies, depending on the client type and the client’s overall goals. For instance, a retirement plan participant may have a limited amount of fund options to build a portfolio with. Or two participants under the same plan may have drastically different retirement income needs depending on their age and other factors. 

Institutional clients generally have the universe of investments to choose from and Morningstar works with these clients to establish portfolios that aim to meet their established goals.  

Fees Under Morningstar Investment Management

Morningstar Investment Management’s advisory fees charged to retirement plan participants are usually negotiated with the plan sponsor. Generally, these asset-based fees range from 0.10% to 0.50% of assets under management.

What to Watch Out For

Morningstar Investment Management’s services are limited when it comes to client type. While the firm focuses on portfolio management for large institutional clients and participants of employer-sponsored retirement plans, it doesn’t work with individuals who are not plan participants. It also doesn't offer non-securities related advice to individuals. Certainly, if you’re seeking financial planning services for topics like budgeting, savings and risk management, you will want to look elsewhere.

Morningstar did not have any legal or disciplinary events within the past 10 years to report. For the latest information, you can view its Form ADV on the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

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All information was accurate as of the writing of this article.

How Long $1 Million Lasts in Retirement

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights places where $1 million will last the longest in retirement. Zoom between states and the national map to see the top spots in each region. Also, scroll over any city to learn about the cost of living in retirement for that location.

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Methodology We weighed potential expenditures for a prospective retiree with a  $1 million nest egg to assess how many years that fund would cover in retirement in America’s largest cities.

We applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city. Using this data, SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in metro areas across the U.S.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a net annual return of 2% after inflation. Then, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would cover retirement expenses in each of the cities in our study. Cities where $1 million lasted the longest ranked the highest in the study.