Case | HBS Case Collection | May 1998 (Revised February 2007)

Morningstar, Inc.

by Andre F. Perold and Markus Mullarkey

Abstract

Morningstar, Inc., a publisher of information for mutual fund investors, is considering alternative strategies for broadening its subscriber base and increasing its revenues. Potential strategies include tailoring information for the defined contribution pension fund marketplace, and licensing Morningstar's performance ratings to fund complexes. This case provides a setting in which to discuss the U.S. mutual fund industry, with particular focus on mutual fund performance measurement and the information needs of consumers of mutual funds.

Keywords: Investment Funds; Asset Management; Revenue; Financial Strategy; Publishing Industry; Financial Services Industry; United States;

Citation:

Perold, Andre F., and Markus Mullarkey. "Morningstar, Inc." Harvard Business School Case 298-140, May 1998. (Revised February 2007.)