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How to Surface the New Morningstar Analyst Rating Data in a Workbook

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As you likely know, Morningstar recently revised the methodology used to derive the Analyst Rating for funds. You can view the updated methodology and watch a video about the changes. Because this change is being rolled out over the next year, users will see different values for the same data points depending on whether a fund has been updated to reflect the new methodology.

This post shows users of both the web-based versions of Morningstar Direct and Morningstar Office Cloud how to find funds reflecting the new methodology, how to show the data points for the Morningstar Analyst Rating in a custom column set, and how to find additional information on the Morningstar Analyst Rating in the Morningstar Analyst Take component.

Create a Screen

To see only those funds updated to the new methodology, you need to screen for funds whose Analyst Rating Date is after October 31, 2019. Do the following:

  1. From the header, click the Create icon, then select Screen.


  2. In the Investment Type area, select Open-End Fund, then click OK.
  3. Search for the data point Morningstar Analyst Rating, then select Overall.
  4. Click the Settings icon for the data point.


  5. From the Screen By drop-down field, select Analyst Date, then click OK.


  6. Under the Operator, select After.
  7. In the date field, type 10/31/2019, then select that date.


  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Done. Be sure to save the screen if you want to be able to revisit it and see all funds updated to the new methodology as they become available.


Build a Custom Column Set

To see the data points for the Analyst Rating, you will need a custom column set. Do the following:

  1. From the Column Set menu, select Create New.


  2. Search for and include the following data points:
    • Ticker
    • Morningstar Analyst Rating (Add All)


  3. Click the Nest icon, then select Nest by Data Point.


  4. Click Done. Be sure to save the Column Set if you want to reuse it later.

Read the Morningstar Analyst Take

Note that the Price and Performance pillars are dashed out for funds already updated to the new Morningstar Analyst Rating. You can still read the impact of these two elements in the Morningstar Analyst Take. Do the following:

  1. Click a share class to open the Analytical View.
  2. Click the Analyst Research tab.


  3. Expand the Morningstar Analyst Take component to make it easier to read.


  4. Scroll through the report to see the Morningstar Analyst’s take on the Performance and Price considerations for the share class.