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Total Financial Solutions Appoints Ibbotson Associates Australia Investment Manager for Managed Accounts and Investment Consultant

Ibbotson Associates Australia Limited, part of the Morningstar Investment Management group, has been appointed by financial planning dealer group Total Financial Solutions (TFS) Australia as investment manager for the firm’s Privilege Portfolios separately managed accounts. Ibbotson is also providing TFS with investment consulting and advice capabilities including investment committee and governance oversight, investment advice including asset allocation, and dealer group and practice support.

Ibbotson has developed a comprehensive suite of managed account portfolios for TFS designed to meet investors’ needs across all life stages and risk profiles. Combining Ibbotson’s asset allocation, portfolio construction, and investment selection with Morningstar’s equity research capabilities enables TFS advisers to focus on building their business and client relationships.

“By selecting Ibbotson as investment manager for the Privilege Portfolios and investment consultant, TFS recognises the strong cohesion between our approach of growing and preserving wealth and the goals and objectives of end investors,” Chris Galloway, Ibbotson Associates Australia Managing Director and Head of Investment Advisory, said. “Leveraging our capabilities in capital markets research, asset allocation, portfolio construction, and managed accounts enables us to help TFS advisers create better outcomes for their clients.”

“We offer advisers and advice practices a genuine alternative to bank- and insurance-owned dealer groups, and a home for advisers seeking cultural independence, strong referral opportunities, and a commitment to innovation,” Phillip Aris, Chief Executive Officer of TFS, said. “By working with Ibbotson, we're able to provide our members with a comprehensive, differentiated service that enables them to be more efficient and enhance their client value proposition and best interest obligations.”

The Morningstar Investment Management group, through 11 investment advisory subsidiaries, creates custom investment solutions that combine award-winning research and global resources with proprietary Morningstar data and research. With approximately US$169.0 billion in assets under advisement and management at 30 September 2014, the Morningstar Investment Management group provides comprehensive retirement, investment advisory, and portfolio management services for financial institutions, superannuation funds, and financial advisers around the world. In Australia, Ibbotson Associates Australia Limited provides these services. Ibbotson Associates Australia is regulated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.