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Barron’s: Morningstar’s John Rekenthaler: How to invest in the Trump era

Bob Stefko for Barron

John Rekenthaler, longtime Morningstar analyst

John Rekenthaler, the longtime Morningstar analyst, now 55, went to the University of Chicago to study Shakespeare in 1985 and burned out a year into his master’s program. He was “hanging around, looking for work,” when he rekindled a serendipitous connection—Don Phillips, who had recently completed a master’s in literature there, had become the first mutual fund analyst at a start-up research firm called Morningstar. In 1988, Rekenthaler joined Phillips. The mutual fund boom had just begun, and Rekenthaler never looked back.

Now about to enter his fourth ­decade at Morningstar (minus a brief stint at Nuveen Investments), he has worn many different hats, including director of research (where he helped develop Morningstar fund ratings and style boxes), and head of the company’s retirement advice business.

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