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ADVISOR MANAGED ACCOUNTS

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Your one-stop-shop for information on Advisor Managed Accounts, powered by Morningstar Investment Management LLC. Use our independent research, marketing materials, and more to socialize AMA with your in-house teams, plan sponsors, and participants.




Product


Guide 5.5 MB

Audience:
Advisors/Plan providers

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Advisor Managed Accounts user interface


Explains how participants will interact with the Advisor Managed Accounts interface. Plan sponsors can also use this as a reference point when talking to their employees.

Updated November 2022.

One-sheet 867 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Social Security Optimization


Explains the feature and the value to participants.

Updated November 2022.

Feature Guide 897 KB

Audience:
Financial Professional and Plan Sponsor Use

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Social Security Optimization


Provides a detailed overview of the feature, where to access it within Morningstar Retirement Manager, and what it looks like.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 142 KB

Audience:
Participants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Social Security Optimization


Covers common questions participants may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

Talking Points 120 KB

Audience:
Financial professionals

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Social Security Optimization


Explains the feature, why plan sponsors and participants should care about it, and who it is available to.

Updated November 2022.

One-sheet 509 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Income Secure


Explains the feature and the value to participants.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 190 KB

Audience:
Participants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Income Secure


Covers common questions participants may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 190 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Income Secure


Covers common questions plan sponsors may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

Talking Points 120 KB

Audience:
Financial professionals

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Income Secure


Provides the key benefits of the feature, why plan sponsors and participants should care about it, and who it is available to.

Updated November 2022.

One-sheet 322 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Morningstar® ByAllAccounts®


One sheet outlining key features, why clients should care, and who this is available for.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 148 KB

Audience:
Participants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Morningstar® ByAllAccounts®


Covers common questions participants may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 209 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Morningstar® ByAllAccounts®


Covers common questions plan sponsors may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

Talking Points 121 KB

Audience:
Financial professionals

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Morningstar® ByAllAccounts®


Explains the feature, why plan sponsors and participants should care about it, and who it is available to.

Updated November 2022.

One-sheet 547 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
HSAs as Outside Accounts


One sheet outlining key features of the capability, why clients should care, and who this is available for.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 145 KB

Audience:
Participants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
HSAs as Outside Accounts


Covers common questions participants may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

FAQ 208 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
HSAs as Outside Accounts


Covers common questions plan sponsors may have about the feature.

Updated November 2022.

Talking Points 560 KB

Audience:
Financial professionals

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
HSAs as Outside Accounts


Explains the feature, why plan sponsors and participants should care about it, and who it is available to.

Updated November 2022.




Marketing


One-sheet 160 KB

Use it for:
Introducing managed accounts

Key topic:
Value of managed accounts

Overview of the key features of our managed accounts service. Great as a first introduction to the service.

Presentation 6 MB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Presale meeting

Key topic:
Value of managed accounts

Introduction to Morningstar Investment Management and our managed account service: who we are, what we do, how our service can help participants, and how it works.

Use only when co-presenting with a Morningstar Investment Management LLC Regional Sales Director.

FAQ 130 KB

Audience:
Participants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Frequently asked questions about managed accounts

Great as a leave-behind after meeting with participants. Answers the top questions our team receives when meeting with participants. Can also be provided to plan sponsors to post on their company intranet.




Research


Research Paper 2.4 MB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
The impact of default investment solutions on participant savings


Explores and compares the effect managed accounts and target-date funds (used as a default) can have on how much participants can save for retirement.

Updated 2022

Research Paper 770 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
The impact of default investment solutions on participant savings


Explores and compares the effect managed accounts and target-date funds (used as a default) can have on how much participants can save for retirement.

Summary 160 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
How default investment decisions can impact savings


Summary of our “The Impact of the Default Investment Decision” research paper.

Research Paper 2 MB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Process to consider for selecting a best-fit default investment


Introduces a data-driven process that can help plan sponsors determine how well an investment solution may fit their plan.

Summary 270 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Using participant data to select the optimal QDIA


Summary of our “Stop Guessing” research paper.

Infographic 555 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Employee Data


Visual overview of our “Stop Guessing” research paper.

Research Paper 470 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Process to consider for selecting a best-fit default investment


Follow-up report that extends the original "Stop Guessing" framework to incorporate additional factors to help plan sponsors make decisions around QDIA selection.

Updated January 2021.

Research Paper 311 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Boosting participant savings rates


Explores how to help employees save more for retirement.

Summary 270 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Three ways to improve participant savings rates


Summary of our “Save More Today” research paper.

Infographic 555 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Savings rates


Visual overview of our "Save More Today" research paper.

Research Paper 1.3 MB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Managed accounts and participant behaviors

Explores the allocation changes and enrollment decisions made by over a half million 401(k) participants during the first quarter of 2020.

Updated January 2021.

Research Paper 1.9 MB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
The importance of accurately forecasting the length of retirement


Explores various factors relating to estimating "the end" of retirement in a financial plan.

Updated January 2021.

Research Paper 2.2 MB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
The potential value 401(k) advisors bring to plan sponsors


Explores the potential benefits of a 401(k) plan advisor from a plan-sponsor perspective.

Updated January 2021.

Research Paper 190 KB

Audience:
Plan sponsors/Consultants

Use it for:
Education

Key topic:
Managed accounts and remote participant behaviors


Uncovers how usage of target-date funds and managed accounts differs for remote workers.

Updated January 2021.




FAQs


About Morningstar Investment Management LLC’s Retirement Solutions Group


Our parent company, Morningstar, Inc., was founded on the simple idea that when people have good investment information, they can make better choices that help them achieve their financial goals. In the retirement solutions group at Morningstar Investment Management LLC, a subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. and a registered investment adviser, our advocacy for the individual investor extends to the workplace retirement market where the responsibility for investing and saving now rests with employees. Our products and services—which range from a managed accounts service to target-date products to custom models and fiduciary services—are not only designed to help people save for the retirement they want, but to help them make their money last once they get there.


Why choose Advisor Managed Accounts over Managed Accounts?


Although there are plenty of similarities between advisor managed accounts and managed accounts, there are four key differentiators:


1. Advisor managed accounts strengthens your relationship with plan sponsors
This service is a natural extension of the plan-level services you already provide to plan sponsors. advisor managed accounts allows you to select the funds and asset classes that are appropriate for plan sponsor clients and their constituents.

2. Advisor managed accounts allows you to implement a scalable advice strategy
Apply your unique investment philosophy without having to worry about recordkeeper integration, managed account operations, or developing a user interface.

3. Advisor managed accounts helps participants save
Investors can benefit from a more customized service to help them reach their retirement goals.

4. Advisor managed accounts gives you more control
With advisor managed accounts, you have full discretion over the investments you want to use in the retirement plan so you can design participant portfolios that align with your views and philosophy on fund selection.


How will participants interact with Advisor Managed Accounts?


Through our interface, participants receive a retirement savings strategy that incorporates the portfolios you’ve built. They can access the interface through a link on their plan provider’s website. After they’ve had a chance to review and update information about themselves and their financial situation, their personalized retirement savings plan will generate in just a few moments. At any point, they can update their information and their strategy will adjust accordingly.


What type of assistance can Morningstar Investment Management’s Regional Sales Director team provide?


The Morningstar Investment Management regional sales team is spread out across the country and is available to support you in growing new and existing business and helping your plan sponsor clients engage plan participants. The regional sales team can support you with:

• Training
• Finals presentations
• Annual plan reviews
• On-site participant support

Please reach out to the sales director within your territory.

Pacific Northwest
Stephen McNeil
stephen.mcneill@morningstar.com
+1 503 799-2535

West
Ashley Whitney, AIF®, PPC®
ashley.whitney@morningstar.com
+1 419 212-0909

South Central
Jason Vargovchik
jason.vargovchik@morningstar.com
+1 312 961-9220

Midwest
Open
Northeast
Matt Savage
matthew.savage@morningstar.com
+1 617 777-0822

Mid-Atlantic
Hannah Walls, CRPS®
hannah.walls@morningstar.com
+1 740 816-2225

Southeast
Matt Ferullo, AIF®
matt.ferullo@morningstar.com
+1 312 622-1726

What type of training is available?


A best practice of Morningstar Investment Management is to conduct at least one training per year for your firm. However, the regional sales team is available to conduct additional trainings throughout the year on topics such as methodology, ERISA/fiduciary topics, human capital, competitors, and the value of managed accounts.

Contact your home office to see when the next training is scheduled or reach out to the regional sales director in your territory to inquire about scheduling a training at an alternate time.


Who do I contact if I have questions about Advisor Managed Accounts?


If you have questions, contact your Relationship Manager at Morningstar Investment Management. Don’t know your Relationship Manager? Contact us at ama@morningstar.com.


Support

No matter where you are in the process of implementing Advisor Managed Accounts, Morningstar Investment
Management's team of Regional Sales Directors and Relationship Managers can support your efforts to acquire,
enroll, onboard, and support new plans.

Learn from investment professionals

We know most employees need help saving for retirement. Find out how our services can help participants reach their retirement goals.

A couple of ways we can help:
• Advisor meetings and training sessions
• Finals presentations
• Quarterly digital workshops for participants
• On-site meetings with participants
• One-on-one phone sessions with participants

Have questions? We’re here to help.

Your Relationship Manager is here to ensure a smooth transition every step of the way. Please contact them if you have any further questions.

Need help identifying your Relationship Manager? Contact us at ama@morningstar.com and we’ll connect you.

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Advisor Managed Accounts is offered by Morningstar Investment Management LLC and is intended for citizens or legal residents of the United States or its territories. The portfolios available through Advisor Managed Accounts are created by an investment adviser (the “IA”) chosen by a plan sponsor. Morningstar Investment Management LLC, a registered investment adviser and subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc., is responsible for participant portfolio assignment from those portfolios created by the IA. The IA is not affiliated with Morningstar Investment Management and Morningstar Investment Management is not responsible for the portfolios the IA creates. The IA is not responsible for the portfolio selection made by Morningstar Investment Management, nor for other recommendations made by Morningstar Investment Management through Advisor Managed Accounts. Investment advice delivered by Morningstar Investment Management is based on information provided and limited to the investment options available in each retirement plan. Projections and other information regarding the likelihood of various retirement income and/or investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual results, and are not guarantees of future results. Results may vary with each use and over time.

All investments involve risk, including the loss of principal. There can be no assurance that any financial strategy will be successful. Morningstar Investment Management does not guarantee that the results of their advice, recommendations or objectives of a strategy will be achieved.