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Don Phillips

Don Phillips is a managing director for Morningstar. He joined the company in 1986 as its first mutual fund analyst and soon became editor of its flagship print publication, Morningstar® Mutual Funds™, establishing the editorial voice for which the company is best known. He helped to develop the Morningstar Style Box™, the Morningstar Rating™, and other distinctive, proprietary Morningstar innovations that have become industry standards. Phillips has served in a variety of leadership roles at Morningstar, most recently head of global Research, before paring back his schedule to take on a part-time, non-management role. He has served on Morningstar’s board of directors since 1999, and he also serves on the board of directors for Morningstar Japan. Phillips holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas and a master's degree from the University of Chicago.

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Instead of debating active versus passive investing, let’s focus on constructing better portfolios, writes Morningstar’s Don Phillips.

While the fund industry is by no means perfect, today it offers investors more low-cost, good-stewardship opportunities than ever before.

Eventually, even those parties who have so far successfully resisted fee pressure for their services by lowering the cost of complementary ones will have to adapt.

It's time for the leaders of the index movement to step up and reclaim the intellectual honesty that their early supporters advocated, says Morningstar's president of fund research Don Phillips.

It's time for the leaders of the index movement to step up and reclaim the intellectual honesty that their early supporters advocated, says Morningstar's president of fund research Don Phillips.

In Part 3 of a Morningstar Conference interview with Don Phillips, the Fairholme manager discusses Cisco's 'essential' equipment, the MBIA-BofA litigation, his stake in China's insurance industry, the role of concentration in the fund, and more.