Morningstar analyst Dan McNeela has gone one step further than just taking Janus off a proprietary short list of untrustworthy mutual fund providers. In a recent column on Morningstars Web site, McNeela heaped praise on the asset manager for implementing new internal procedures aimed at deterring market timers from accessing its funds.
Last year, Morningstar blasted Janus and a handful of mutual fund companies that settled with securities regulators for concealing deals permitting a small group of institutional investors to violate market-timing rules. McNeela now praises Januss decision to part company with a small group of senior executives who reportedly had advanced knowledge of the companys improprieties and kept quiet on the matter. Mark Whiston stepped down as CEO last month and subsequently paved the way for additional reform in Janus corporate hierarchy.