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Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, has launched the
Morningstar® US Real Asset IndexSM, a diversified portfolio of liquid assets that traditionally provide a hedge against inflation, including Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), real estate investment trusts (REITs), and commodity stocks and futures.
"Inflation erodes the value of financial assets. While inflation has been low overall in recent decades, the cost of items retirees consume—healthcare, gas, food—has been rising at a fast clip,"
Sanjay Arya, senior vice president of Morningstar Indexes, said. "Investors have been showing a great deal of interest in holding a variety of investments that keep pace with inflation and add portfolio diversification, and the investment industry is paying attention. Since early 2010, more than 20 new funds have been launched that allocate between several real asset classes. The Morningstar US Real Asset Index will allow investors to better benchmark their real return investments and gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of adding a broad spectrum of inflation-hedged assets to their portfolios."