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What is a Morningstar Risk Rating?

The Morningstar risk rating is Morningstar's evaluation of a mutual fund's level of risk.

How Does a Morningstar Risk Rating Work?

The mutual fund ratings agency Morningstar ascribes a risk rating to each fund it covers. This rating is a comparative measure against the yield of the T-bill and examines the frequency of a fund's losses. Risk ratings are granted by mutual fund class and are centered on an average loss represented by the number one (1). In other words, if a given fund has a rating of one, then its losses reflect the average for its class. A fund with a risk rating of 1.5 would be 50% higher risk than the average of other funds in its class.

Why Does a Morningstar Risk Rating Matter?

The Morningstar risk rating system helps investors and financial planners to make more careful choices when diversifying a portfolio based on a specific risk preference.

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