A Closer Look at Liquid Alternatives
The second day of the 2012 Morningstar Investment Conference opened with the announcement that the firm is launching Morningstar Analyst Rating™ and Global Fund Reports for 40 alternative U.S. mutual funds, representing about 75% of the alternative fund universe by assets. Over the next year, the company plans to increase its alternatives coverage to approximately 100 funds. Initially, Morningstar analysts assigned a rating of Gold to one alternative mutual fund, a Silver rating to nine funds, a Bronze rating to seven funds, a Neutral rating to 17 funds, and a Negative rating to six funds. These ratings were assigned based on an analysis of Morningstar's five pillars: parent, people, process, performance, and price. The new Morningstar Analyst Ratings and expanded fund reports will help investors better evaluate these relatively young and complex alternative strategies.
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