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Our Nominees for Fund Managers of the Year

Fifteen great nominees compete for three awards.

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It's that time of year again: time to name our nominees for the Morningstar Fund Managers of the Year. Each year we honor managers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to do what's right for shareholders, deliver superior long-term returns, and produce strong results for the year to boot. We look for good stewards who have developed sound strategies. We will announce the winners on Jan. 5.

Our goal is to recognize these managers' contributions. It's not a buy list--our Analyst Picks do that job. Nor is it an award to the fund or the fund company--hence the name Manager of the Year. Finally, because the time period is different from our Manager of the Decade award, it's possible that someone could win both. In fact, there are a few managers nominated for both.

So, let's see the nominees. I marked past winners with an asterisk.

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Russel Kinnel has a position in the following securities mentioned above: OAKLX, LSBRX, WAAEX. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.