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Moat Index’s Long-term Track Record Persists Despite Blip

February 26, 2021

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The Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index (“Moat Index”) ended its four-year streak of outperforming the broad U.S. equity market (as represented by the Morningstar US Market Index) in 2020—returning 15.1% vs 20.9%, respectively. Despite this, the Moat Index’s long-term track record remains impressive.

A recent Morningstar Equity Research report dissects the Moat Index’s 2020 performance and contextualizes these results as the strategy approaches a 14-year live track record. Topics include:

  • The compelling long-term track record of the Moat Index over nearly 14 years, including its risk-adjusted return metrics as well as the correlation between holding period length and batting average.1
  • How the Moat Index approaches FANMAG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, Apple, and Google/Alphabet) stocks and why being underweight in 2020 was a primary headwind that led to underperformance relative to the broad market.
  • The Moat Index’s heavy skew towards value stocks at the expense of growth stocks.
  • Stock selection as a headwind while sector positioning contributed to performance.

Read the full report: Morningstar Wide Moat Focus Index: Year in Review.


1Batting Average is measured by dividing the number of periods a portfolio or investment strategy outperforms a benchmark by the total number of periods.

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The Morningstar® Wide Moat Focus IndexSM consists of U.S. companies identified as having sustainable, competitive advantages and whose stocks are attractively priced, according to Morningstar.

The Morningstar US Market Index is a diversified broad market index that measures the performance of U.S. securities and targets 97% market capitalization coverage of the investable universe.

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All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. As with any investment strategy, there is no guarantee that investment objectives will be met and investors may lose money. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss in a declining market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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