Last Updated 08.18.15
David M. Blanchett is the head of retirement research for Morningstar Investment Management. In this role, he works to enhance the group’s consulting and investment services. He conducts research primarily in the areas of financial planning, tax planning, annuities, and retirement plans and he serves as the Chairman of the Advice Methodologies investment subcommittee. Prior to joining Morningstar, he was the Director of Consulting and Investment Research for the Retirement Plan Consulting Group at Unified Trust Company in Lexington, KY.
His research has been published in a variety of academic and industry journals, such as the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Financial Planning, the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Journal of Retirement, and the Journal of Wealth Management, and has been featured in a variety of media publications, such as InvestmentNews, Marketwatch, Money Magazine, the New York Times, PLANSPONSOR magazine, and the Wall Street Journal. His research won the Journal of Financial Planning’s 2007 Financial Frontiers Award, the Retirement Income Industry Association’s 2012 Thought Leadership Award, and the Journal of Financial Planning’s 2014 and 2015 Montgomery-Warschauer Awards.
In 2014 Money Magazine named him one of the five brightest minds in retirement and in 2014 InvestmentNews included him in their inaugural 40 under 40 list as a “visionary” for the financial planning industry. He is a RetireMentor for MarketWatch and an Expert retirement panelist for the Wall Street Journal.
He currently holds the following professional designations or certifications: Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst TM (AIFA®), and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Kentucky, a master‘s degree in financial services from the American College, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He currently a doctorate candidate in the personal financial planning program at Texas Tech University.