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NEW YORK, NY – April 6, 2011 – Hedge Connection, where hedge fund managers and qualified investors have come together since 2005 through private events and a web-based meeting platform, has launched a comprehensive marketing program for hedge fund managers, powered by Morningstar data and statistics.  This unique program offers an unparalleled suite of valuable marketing services, access to pre-qualified investors through Hedge Connection, and hedge fund data from Morningstar.  Hedge Connection’s new comprehensive marketing package includes a license to use the Morningstar Rating™ and Morningstar Category™ ranking statistics for thousands of single-manager hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, and commodity trading advisors across 22 strategies.

In addition, Hedge Connection is also making Morningstar’s hedge fund database, one of the most comprehensive alternative databases in the industry, available on its online platform. Hedge Connection platform users will now have access to Morningstar data and statistics, adding thousands of new hedge fund, fund of funds and CTA listings to the database.

“Hedge fund managers will benefit tremendously from the ability to use the Morningstar Rating™ and Morningstar Category™ ranking.  The use of Morningstar’s proprietary statistics provides an objective way for managers to differentiate and communicate about their funds,” commented Lisa Vioni, CEO and founder of Hedge Connection.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Hedge Connection, supporting our commitment to help investors such as hedge fund of funds, family offices and consultants, better understand the differences between funds and evaluate investment opportunities,” noted Liz Kirscher, president of Morningstar’s Data division.

About Hedge Connection, Inc.
Since 2005, Hedge Connection has offered turnkey marketing programs that give hedge funds access to qualified individuals and institutional investors through a web-based platform and through private live events. Hedge Connection also offers a virtual event called the Global Hedge Fund Forum where hedge funds can present to a group of pre-qualified investors. For more information about Hedge Connection, visit www.hedgeconnection.com or call 212.537.6152.

About Morningstar, Inc.
Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The company offers an extensive line of Internet, software, and print-based products and services for individuals, financial advisors, and institutions. Morningstar provides data on approximately 380,000 investment offerings, including stocks, mutual funds, and similar vehicles, along with real-time global market data on more than 4 million equities, indexes, futures, options, commodities, and precious metals, in addition to foreign exchange and Treasury markets. The company has operations in 26 countries. www.morningstar.com.

Hedge Connection contact: Lisa Vioni, CEO, lvioni@hedgeconnection.com or 212.537.6152, ext. 301

Morningstar contact: Alexa Auerbach, Alexa.auerbach@morningstar.com or 312.696.6481
Media contact: Holly Singer, HS Marketing, LLC, holly@hsmarketing.com or 609.275.1303

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