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Mike Coop Joins Morningstar Investment Management Group

Morningstar Investment Management Europe Ltd, part of the Morningstar Investment Management group, has appointed Mike Coop to Head of Multi-Asset Portfolio Management in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Coop brings over 25 years of financial services experience and joins from Prudential Portfolio Management, where he served as Head of Multi-Asset Portfolio Management.    

At Morningstar, Coop will lead the company’s multi-asset portfolio management team for EMEA based in London and Paris, and be primarily responsible for Morningstar’s managed portfolios offering in the region. He will also chair the Morningstar Investment Management group’s Portfolio Committee, and serve as lead manager alongside portfolio manager Emma Morgan, of the Morningstar Real Return managed portfolios range.

Before joining Prudential, Coop served as Head of Multi-Asset Strategies at Ibbotson Associates Australia, a business previously acquired by Morningstar, where he managed globally invested multi-asset portfolios using a variety of strategies including rules-based, derivatives and multi-manager portfolios; he also served as a member of the Global Dynamic Asset Allocation Committee. Earlier in his career, Coop served as an equity strategist at BT Investment Management, a global asset allocation strategist at AXA Investment Managers, and a manager research consultant at Bacon & Woodrow.

“We’re delighted that Mike is returning to Morningstar”, Dan Kemp, Chief Investment Officer for Morningstar Investment Management Europe, said. “Mike is a seasoned investor with a strong track record of running real-return focused portfolios. In his previous role in our Sydney office, Mike was integral to our valuation-driven approach to asset allocation, and his addition to the European team further strengthens our managed portfolios proposition and support for the financial advisers we serve.”

Morningstar’s 20-strong EMEA investment team works with advisers and professional investors in the UK and EMEA region to deliver market-leading investment solutions supported by the company’s research-driven asset allocation, manager selection, and portfolio construction capabilities. In 2013, the company launched Morningstar Managed Portfolios, its discretionary investment management offering, for UK investors, followed by managed portfolios for investors in South Africa in 2016.

The Morningstar Investment Management group, through its investment advisory units, creates investment solutions that combine award-winning research and global resources with proprietary Morningstar data. With more than USD$200 billion in assets under advisement and management as of 31 December 2016, it provides comprehensive retirement, investment advisory, and portfolio management services for financial institutions, plan sponsors, and advisers around the world. In Europe, Morningstar Investment Management Europe Ltd provides these services. Morningstar Investment Management Europe Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.