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Star ratings, sustainability globes, low-carbon designation: Morningstar extends ratings line-up

Morningstar's latest set of ratings assesses how an equity or bond fund's underlying securities are at risk as a result of the economic shift towards a low-carbon future. Institutional investors, however, pay little attention to these assessments, a think tank reveals.

Morningstar has developed a new tool to judge how well-positioned an equity or bond portfolio is to benefit from the transition to a low-carbon future -- hence the name Portfolio Carbon Risk Score.

The investment research firm is providing each fund with an absolute score based on the degree to which the value of its underlying holdings are at risk from the economic sea change which is happening as a result of international efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

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