Morningstar has announced the nominees for its 2020 Awards for Investing Excellence, which recognizes established and up-and-coming portfolio managers for stellar performance as well as the asset management firm that excels in its stewardship of investors’ money. T. Rowe Price was the only firm that was nominated in all three categories. Fidelity had two nominations.
The winners will be announced on June 22, ahead of Morningstar’s virtual annual conference which will be held in September.
Outstanding Portfolio Manager Nominees
Managers of five funds were nominated — two stock funds, two bond funds and one target date fund which invests in multiple asset categories. Their average tenure at these funds: 19 years.
Their strategies have earned a Morningstar analyst rating of silver or gold for at least one share class or investment vehicle. All five funds have far outpaced their peers, often placing in the top decile of performance under the leadership of the nominees.
“Our Outstanding Portfolio Manager nominees have distinguished themselves by staying true to their process, building strong research teams, and delivering impressive long-term returns to investors,” said Sarah Bush, Morningstar’s director of manager research, North America, in a statement. The nominees are:
- Charles (“Chuck”) Akre, Akre Focus Fund (AKRIX)
- Joel Tillinghast, Fidelity Low-Priced Stock Fund (FLPSX)
- Tad Rivelle, Laird Landmann, Steve Kane and Bryan Whalen, TCW’s Metropolitan West Total Return Bond Fund (MWTIX)
- Mary Ellen Stanek, Baird Core Plus Bond Fund (BCOIX) and Baird Aggregate Bond Fund (BAGIX)
- Jerome Clark, T. Rowe Price Retirement Series
Rising Talent Nominees
The four nominees in this category have less than seven years of experience managing fund portfolios but nonetheless have delivered exceptional returns during their tenures.