MORNINGSTAR TO PURCHASE IBBOTSON: High-profile investment research and products provider Morningstar will buy privately held Ibbotson Associates - an asset allocation service concern - for $83 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2006. Morningstar said that it would retain the Ibbotson brand and is currently in the process of assembling a transition team."Ibbotson's expertise in asset allocation and Morningstar's expertise in security selection and investment research is a powerful combination," said Joe Mansueto, chairman and chief executive officer of Morningstar, in a statement. "Our companies share many similarities, and we have a firm commitment to helping investors reach their financial goals."

Ibbotson generated roughly $37 million in revenue for its last fiscal year, and has some $3.5 billion in assets under management in 401(k) and other defined-contribution plans.

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