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Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors in the US (2013)

We are thrilled to publish the inaugural list of the Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors in the United States, as ranked by BrightScope’s Social Influence Rank.

“It has been reported that nearly half of investors would like to interact with advisors online but they cannot find them. Social media has become a required communication tool and BrightScope wants to recognize advisors taking advantage of the impact a robust digital profile can have on an advisor’s practice,” said Mike Alfred, Co-Founder and CEO of BrightScope. “By shining a light on social media best practices within the financial services industry, BrightScope hopes more professionals will actively use all types of communications tools to benefit themselves and investors, especially in light of the SEC’s recent guidance on social media.”

The BrightScope Social Influence Rank aggregates information on advisors actively engaging with current and prospective clients using digital media channels and measures how their efforts stack up against their peers. The Rank considers several individually weighted data points around an advisor’s Twitter profile and Blog, such as Followers, Tweet activity, Moz Page Authority, and more. BrightScope components also make up a small portion of the overall rank.

For advisors who have not yet taken advantage of these channels, the Rank helps them identify top advisors like Josh Brown and Michael Kitces who are models of how to use social media to grow a successful advisory business and a personal brand in the marketplace.

BrightScope’s 2013 Top Social Influencers in the United States:

1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75 | 76-100

Rank

BrightScope Profile

Blog

Twitter Profile

1

Josh Brown

The Reformed Broker

@ReformedBroker

2

Barry Ritholtz 

The Big Picture

@ritholtz

3

Roger Wohlner

The Chicago Financial Planner

@rwohlner

4

Jason Hull

Hull Financial Planning

@hull_j

5

Michael Kitces

Nerd’s Eye View

@MichaelKitces

6

Russ Thornton

Wealthcare for Women

@RussThornton

7

Charles Sizemore

Sizemore Insights

@CharlesSizemore

8

George Papadopoulos

George Papadopoulos on WSJ

@feeonlyplanner

9

Cullen Roche

Pragmatic Capitalism

@cullenroche

10

Jeff Rose

Good Financial Cents

@jjeffrose

11

Jim Blankenship

Getting Your Financial Ducks In A Row

@BlankenshipFP

12

David Merkel

The Aleph Blog

@AlephBlog

13

David Fabian

Investor Insights Blog

@fabiancapital

14

Ted Jenkin

Your Smart Money Moves

@oXYGenFinancial

15

Meb Faber

Meb Faber Research

@MebFaber

16

Alan Moore

Serenity Financial Consulting Blog

@R_Alan_Moore

17

Kimberly L. Curtis

Wealth Legacy Institute Blog

@KimCurtisLegacy

18

Ric Edelman

Edelman Financial Services Education Center

@ricedelman

19

Tom Brakke

The Research Puzzle

@researchpuzzler

20

Carolyn McClanahan

Carolyn Sue McClanahan on Forbes

@CarolynMcC

21

Tim Maurer

Tim Maurer Blog

@TimMaurer

22

Neal Frankle

Wealth Pilgrim

@NealFrankle

23

Wade Slome

Investing Caffeine

@WadeSlome

24

Sheri Cupo

SageBroadview Blog

@sage_cupo

25

Jude Boudreaux

Upperline Financial Blog

@HJudeBoudreaux

 

Rank

BrightScope Profile

Blog

Twitter Profile

26

Rick Kahler

Financial Awakenings

@RickKahler

27

John Reese

The Guru Investor

@GuruInvestor

28

Bob Seawright

Above the Market

@RPSeawright

29

Brittney Castro

Financially Wise Women

@Brittneycastro

30

Evan Levine

Complete Advisors Blog

@EvanMLevine

31

Sophia Bera

Gen Y Planning

@sophiabera

32

Nicholas Olesen

Nicholas Olesen’s Blog

@NicholasOlesen

33

Dan Crimmins

Roots of Wealth

@CrimminsWM

34

Robert Henderson

The Retirement Workshop

@LansdowneWealth

35

Arie Korving

Korving & Company Blog

@KorvingCo

36

Ron Rhoades

Scholarly Financial Planner

@140ltd

37

Greg Skidmore

Belpointe News

@gregskidmore

38

Alan Johnson

The Reasoned Investor

@AlanJohnson_

39

Brent Perry

Piedmont Financial Advisors Blog

@FeeOnlyIndy

40

Eric Hutchinson

Hutchinson Blog

@HutchFinancial

41

Jonathan Heller

Cheap Stocks

@JonMHellerCFA

42

Michael Zeuner

WE Family Offices Blog

@zeunerm

43

Kimberly Howard

Kimberly J. Howard, CFP Blog

@KimHowardCFP

44

Crystal Thies

LinkedIn Ninja Blog

@LinkedInNinja

45

John Middleton

Brighton Blog

@jpmbrighton

46

Blair duQuesnay

ThirtyNorth Investments Blog

@BlairHduQuesnay

47

Tony Krance

401k Plan Advisors Blog

@tkrance

48

Alan McKnight

Kays Financial Advisory Corporation Articles

@smartmoneyguy

49

Dieter Scherer

Realize Your Retirement

@dieterscherer

50

Femi Shote

AssetHarvest Blog

@RetireWiseCFP

 

Rank

BrightScope Profile

Blog

Twitter Profile

51

Mark Witaschek

McLean Heuristics

@MarkWitaschek

52

Martin Smith

Answers About Wealth

@WealthcareFGInc

53

Barry Glassman

Glassman Wealth Services Blog

@BarryGlassman

54

Jonathan Deyoe

Happiness Dividend Blog

@DeYoeWealth

55

Rich Winer

Winer Wealth Advisor Blog

@RichWiner

56

Helen Barbre-Stephens

Aspen Wealth Management Blog

@AspenWealthMgmt

57

Jon Castle

Paragon Perspectives

@PARAGONChief

58

Daniel Flannery

Balanced Rock Report

@BalancedRockIA

59

Jeff Kendall

Permission Granted

@JeffKendallCFP

60

Joe Day

View 360°

@BearMtnCapital

61

Christian Treitler

Nosara Financial Planning Blog

@ctreit

62

Kim Miller

Kim Miller’s Egalitarian Adviser

@KimM53

63

John Anderson

Practically Speaking

@SEIJohnA

64

Adam Miller

The Stewardship Sentinel

@coloradoajm

65

Erin Baehr

Purposeful Money

@ErinBaehr

66

Michael Angelucci

Angelucci Wealth Management Blog

@AWMideas

67

David Niggel

Key Wealth Partners Blog

@DavidNiggel

68

Rose Greene

Money Matters Blog

@RoseGreeneCFP

69

Jeff Junior

Jeff Junior’s Blog

@jjonmoney

70

Roger Hewins

One Bite – A Hewins Financial Blog

@HewinsFinancial

71

Reed Bermingham

The Roundtable

@ReedBermingham

72

James Osborne

Bason Asset Management Blog

@BasonAsset

73

William Callahan

A Planner’s Blog

@WilliamCallahan

74

Tom Froehlich

Building, Preserving, & Transferring Wealth

@WealthMgr

75

James Brewer

Envision 401k Advisors Blog

@JB401kadvisor

 

Rank

BrightScope Profile

Blog

Twitter Profile

76

Roger Whitney

WWK Wealth Advisors Blog

@wwkwealth

77

David Nelson

David Nelson’s Blog

@davidnelsoncfa

78

Ronald VanSurksum

Advanced Asset Management Blog

@AAMLLC

79

Scott Dauenhauer

The Meridian Blog

@meridianwealth

80

Nathan Gehring

Nathan Gehring’s Blog

@nathangehring

81

Mackey McNeill

Get Smart Blog

@MackeyMcNeill

82

Mitch Anderson

eFinancial Alliance Blog

@MitchIsGreen

83

David Oransky

Laminar Wealth Blog

@davidoransky

84

Henry Yoshida

The Maresh Yoshida 401k Group Blog

@henryyoshida

85

Ray Hawkins

Our Thinking Blog

@rhawk1955

86

Richard Eddy

Cona Financial Group Blog

@richeddy

87

Paul Hassebroek

Paul Hassebroek’s Blog

@PaulHassebroek

88

Michael Keeler

You and Your Money

@MikeKeeler_FP

89

Doug Mentzer

The Mentzer Group Blog

@MentzerGroup

90

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy’s Blog

@KevinKennedyLLC

91

Jarrod Adams

The Adams Blog

@adamsinvesting

92

Jeremy Office

Maclendon Minute

@Maclendon

93

Phillip Christenson

Phillip James Financial Blog

@InvestPJF

94

Allan Henriques

Smart Investor Blog

@smartinvestorcc

95

Carlos Sava

Clarendon Capital Management Newsletters

@ClarendonCapMgt

96

Bob Higgins

Bob’s Blog

@DaltonFinancial

97

Elizabeth Wilson Allbritton

Monarch Advisory Group Blog

@MonarchAdvisor

98

John Nowak

Script For Wealth

@nowak_john

99

David Schlossberg

Assured Concepts Group Blog

@schlossbergd

100

Andrew Comstock

Castlebar Asset Management Blog

@CastlebarAM

Advisors not listed can find out how they rank by visiting their Advisor Pages Dashboard on brightscope.com, or claiming their free profile to gain access to their Dashboard, and submitting details about their social media channels. BrightScope will then calculate their relative position among all other ranked advisors on the platform and display that number on their Dashboard. Advisors can claim and manage their individual or firm profiles at www.brightscope.com/advisor-pages/.

BrightScope obtains its data directly from publicly available sources, including required regulatory filings from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Financial advisors can augment these primary sources by claiming their BrightScope Advisor Page™. By analyzing and interpreting this data, BrightScope now provides unparalleled insight into the financial management industry.

Top 25 Detroit Area-Based 401(k) Plans (2014)

We are pleased to announce our 2014 list of the Top 25 companies in the Detroit area with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets.

“The ratings of the top plans in Detroit show there are many employers in the area offering quality 401k plans despite the economic challenges faced by many in the region,” said Brooks Herman, Head of Data & Research at BrightScope. “It’s clear these Detroit companies care about the financial futures of their work force.”

Noteworthy findings in the 2014 Top 25 Detroit 401k Plans list include:

  • New All-Star: Visteon Corporation rocketed to No. 1 from No. 9 in 2012, the year the list was last issued
  • Welcome Back: Pulte Group, Inc. re-joined the list at No. 23, having fallen off in 2012
  • Upward movement: Compuware Corporation Tax Department 14W jumped nine spots to No. 14, up from No. 23 in 2012
  • Staying strong: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, P.L.C., and General Motors LLC not only maintained their respective spots at No. 2, No. 3, and No. 5 this year, but also improved their BrightScope rating
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $132,875
  • Average participation rate for plans on the list is 90.30 percent
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $6,038; the median is $5,206
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $8,228; the median is $7,905


Top 25 Detroit Area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:

Rank

Company

Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 Visteon Corporation Visteon Investment Plan 87.54
2 Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP Income Deferral and Profit Sharing Plan 87.11
3 Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, P.L.C. Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone, P.L.C. Capital Accumulation 401(k) Plan 86.14
4 Delphi Corporation Delphi Salaried Retirement Savings Program 85.60
5 General Motors LLC General Motors Retirement Savings Plan for Salaried Employees in the United States 85.34
6 Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC Retirement and 401(k) Savings Plan 84.24
7 International Union, UAW U.A.W. Staff Pension (Severance) Plan 83.71
8 Dykema Gossett PLLC Dykema Gossett PLLC Savings & Investment Plan 83.37
9 American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. Salaried Savings Plan 82.65
10 Lear Corporation Lear Corporation Salaried Retirement Program 82.43
11 DTE Energy Corporate Services, LLC DTE Energy Company Savings and Stock Ownership Plan 81.51
12 Ford Motor Company Ford Motor Company Savings and Stock Investment Plan for Salaried Employees 81.40
13 The Taubman Company, LLC The Taubman Company and Related Entities Employee Retirement Savings Plan 80.80
14 Compuware Corporation Tax Department 14W Compuware Corporation ESOP/401(k) Plan 80.37
15 FANUC Robotics America Corporation FANUC Robotics America Savings Plan 80.25
16 International Automotive Components Group North America IACNA Retirement Savings Program 79.17
17 MAG Industrial Automation Systems, LLC MAG IAS Retirement Savings Plan 77.93
18 Yazaki North America, Inc. Yazaki Employee Savings and Retirement Plan 77.88
19 TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. TRW Automotive 401(k) Savings Plan 77.70
20 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Employees’ Savings Plan 77.68
21 BorgWarner, Inc. BorgWarner, Inc. Retirement Savings Plan 76.67
22 Ally Financial Inc. Ally Financial Inc. Retirement Savings Plan 76.61
23 PulteGroup, Inc. PulteGroup, Inc. 401(k) Plan 76.29
24 Valeo, Inc. Valeo, Inc. Retirement Savings Plan 75.94
25 Barton Malow Company Barton Malow Profit Sharing and Savings Plan 75.83

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.

Top 401(k) Plans in Dallas-Fort Worth Area

We are pleased to share our 2014 list of the Top 25 companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets.

“In the past four years, there has been a strong increase in the quality of Top 401k Plans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Dan Weeks, Co-Founder of BrightScope. “Since 2010, the number of local companies offering employees a 401k plan that has a BrightScope ranking above 80 has more than doubled, going from less than 10 to more than 25 today.”

The previous list of Top Dallas-Ft. Worth 401k Plans was published in 2010. Noteworthy findings in this year’s list include:

  • Frontrunner Southwest Airlines Co., Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., Thompson & Knight, LLP, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, VHA, Inc., and Texas Instruments Incorporated are the only companies to appear on the list both years
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $174,561
  • Average participation rate for plans on the list is 94.81%
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $8,697; the median is $8,474
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $10,007; the median is $9,679


Top 25 Dallas-Fort Worth area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:

Rank

Company

Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest Airlines Pilots Retirement Savings Plan 90.55
2 Pinnacle Anesthesia Consultants, P.A. P.A.C. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 87.75
3 Nokia Solutions and Networks US LLC Nokia Solutions and Networks Savings Plan 87.20
4 HollyFrontier Corporation HollyFrontier Corporation 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan 87.07
5 Galderma Laboratories, Inc. Galderma Laboratories, Inc. Employees’ 401(k) and Employer Contribution Plan 86.92
6 Thompson & Knight, LLP Thompson & Knight Retirement Savings Plan 86.53
7 AirTran Airways, Inc. AirTran Airways Pilot Retirement Savings and Investment Plan 86.12
8 STMicroelectronics, Inc. STMicroelectronics, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan 84.92
9 Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP Savings and Retirement Plan and Trust 84.79
10 Spectra Energy Corporation Spectra Energy Retirement Savings Plan 84.75
11 Nokia, Inc. Nokia Retirement Savings and Investment Plan 84.66
12 Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Section 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan 84.55
13  Mary Kay, Inc. Mary Kay, Inc. Retirement Plan 84.26
14 Fluor Corporation Fluor Corporation Employees’ Savings Investment Plan 83.53
15 The North American Coal Corporation The North American Coal Corporation Retirement Savings Plan 82.38
16 Texas Instruments Incorporated TI Contribution and 401k Savings Plan 82.22
17 BT Americas Holdings, Inc. BT U.S. Retirement Savings Plan 401(k) 82.12
18 Winstead PC Winstead 401(k) Savings & Profit Sharing Plan 82.11
19 Jackson Walker LLP Jackson Walker LLP Qualified Retirement Plan 81.57
20 Celanese Americas LLC Celanese Americas Retirement Savings Plan 81.26
21 Texas Instruments Incorporated TI 401(k) Savings Plan 81.22
22 VHA, Inc. VHA 401(k) Savings Plan 81.07
23 Energy Future Holdings Corporation EFH Thrift Plan 80.84
24 Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc. 401(k) and Matching Plan 80.74
25 Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Hunt Consolidated, Inc. Fidelity Thrift Plan 80.36

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.

BrightScope Top 30 401k Plans of 2013

Today BrightScope is pleased to announce the Top 30 401k Plans of 2013. BrightScope’s Top 30 list comprises large 401k plans with high overall quality, as measured by the BrightScope Rating. The BrightScope Rating measures how effective a 401k plan is at getting its participants to retirement. More details about the BrightScope Rating can be obtained in the FAQ section of the BrightScope website.

“Each year since our founding, we have released a Year-End Top 30 Ratings list to highlight the very best 401k plans in the country. This year is no different,” says Mike Alfred, CEO and co-founder of BrightScope. “The beauty of the BrightScope Rating is that it is entirely quantitative. It is not a survey or political contest. The elite 401k plans on this list only appear there because they are highly likely to deliver their respective plan participants to a secure and dignified retirement.”

Which traits define the plans that make the Top 30 Plans List?

1. Generous Company Contributions:

Company contributions are a major component of the BrightScope Rating and thus the Top 30 Plans List. Offering a match or profit sharing contribution to the plan is a great incentive for employees to participate and defer their salary towards retirement. Ernst & Young, Wellington Management, and United Airlines were some of the most generous plans on the Top 30 List. The average company generosity was $11,600 and can be in the form of a company match or profit-sharing.

2. Immediate Plan Eligibility:

A plan’s eligibility period is the length of time between when an employee is hired and when they are eligible to participate in the plan. Short plan eligibility requirements allow new hires to save more towards retirement. This year’s Top 30 list includes twenty-six plans with immediate eligibility. Removing barriers to saving is important to the top plans.

3. Immediate Vesting:

While a participant’s elective deferrals are always immediately vested, company contributions can take up to six years to vest depending upon the plan. Twenty-one of the Top 30 plans offer immediate vesting of company contributions thus ensuring that the money in their account is theirs to keep.

4. Low Fees:

Plan costs can greatly affect investment returns therefore altering participant account balances. BrightScope’s Total Plan Cost (TPC) calculations include investment expense ratios and administrative costs. Among plans found in this year’s Top 30 list, the average Total Plan Cost has dropped by 1 basis point to 0.28%.

5. High Participation Rates:

The first step in saving for retirement is participating in an employer’s retirement plan. We have seen participation rates climb to almost 96% in this year’s list.

6. Salary Deferral:

Plans within the Top 30 list average over $12,500 in salary deferrals per participant. Companies can incentivize their employees to save in a number of ways. For example, in 2012, Google’s default automatic deferral percentage was 6% and they raised that to 10% in 2013.

Statistics of the 2013 Top 30 List:

  • Target Date Funds make inroads. Last year, 4.9% of Top 30 Plans’ assets were in a Target Date Fund; this year 5.4% of plan assets are in target date funds.
  • Index funds growth continues. Index funds account for 33% of assets in the Top 30 Plans year, up from 29% of last year’s assets.

Noteworthy Findings:

  • NFL Second Career Savings Plan is the #1 plan. Last year, the NFL Players played without a collective bargaining agreement, so company generosity was much lower. With a collective bargaining agreement in place for the most recent year, retirement savings for the plan were significant.
  • Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation topped over $1 billion in plan assets and became eligible for this list. We welcome them at the number 22 spot.
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation saw a move to number 10 from the 20 spot last year due to increases in participation rate and company generosity.

The entire list of the 2013 Top 30 401k Plans with more than $1 billion in assets:

2013 Rank

2012 Rank

Company/Plan

U.S. HQ

BrightScope Rating

1 N/A NFL
NFL Player Second Career Savings Plan
New York, NY 91.14
2 2
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The Savings Plan of Saudi Arabian
Oil Company
 Houston, TX 90.73
3 1
Southwest

Southwest Airlines Pilots

Retirement Savings Plan
Dallas, TX 90.55
4 3
wellington

Wellington Retirement and Pension Plan
Boston, MA 90.36
5 N/A UAUnited Airlines Pilot Directed Account Plan Chicago, IL 89.93
6 5
amgen_logo

Amgen Retirement and Savings Plan
Thousand Oaks, CA 89.48
7 N/A Novartis
Novartis Corporation Investment
Savings Plan
New York, NY 88.59
8 10
Bristol Myers Squibb Logo

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Savings

and Investment Program
New York, NY 88.32
9 9
Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Southern California Permanente

Medical Group Retirement Plan
Pasadena, CA 87.68
10 20 Anadarko

Anadarko Employee Savings Plan
 The Woodlands, TX 87.65
11 13 BayerBayer Corporation Savings
and Retirement Plan
 Pittsburgh, PA 87.56
12 11 Google
Google Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan
 Mountain View, CA 87.33
13 12 ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil Savings Plan
Houston, TX 87.25
14 7 Credit Suisse
Employees Savings and Retirement
Plan of Credit Suisse
 New York, NY 87.06
15 16 Chevron
Chevron Employee Savings
Investment Plan
 San Ramon, CA 87.00
16 14 IBM
IBM 401(k) Plus Plan
Armonk, NY 86.97
17 22
BP
BP Employee Savings Plan
Houston, TX 86.89
18 N/A
AstraZeneca
AstraZeneca Savings and Security Plan
 Wilmington, DE 86.88
19 19 Ernst & Young LogoErnst & Young Partnership
Retirement Plan
Secaucus, NJ 86.80
20 17
BASF LogoBASF Corporation Retirement
Savings Plan
 Florham Park, NJ 86.75
21 28
Bechtel
Bechtel Trust & Thrift Plan
San Francisco, CA 86.58
22 N/A
Freddie Mac
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Thrift/401(k) Savings Plan
 McLean, VA 86.44
23 23
Shell
Shell Provident Fund
Houston, TX 86.30
24 1
Marathon Oil
Marathon Oil Company Thrift Plan
 Houston, TX 86.24
25 N/A
Delta AirlinesDelta Pilots Defined Contribution Plan
Atlanta, GA 86.23
26 24
UBS
UBS Savings and Investment Plan
 New York, NY 86.23
27 29
Glaxo
GlaxoSmithKline Retirement Savings Plan
Philadelphia, PA 86.02
28 N/A Energy Future HoldingsEFH Thrift Plan Dallas, TX 85.85
29 21 CiscoCisco Systems, Inc. 401(k) Plan  San Jose, CA 85.85
30 N/A
CaterpillarCaterpillar 401(k) Savings Plan
Peoria, IL 85.74

To learn more about the BrightScope 2013 Top 30 401k Plans List please contact us at info@brightscope.com. This award is based on plan experience through 12/31/2012.

*DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the companies plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.

Top 401(k) Plans in Seattle- 2013

We are pleased to share our 2013 list of the Top 25 companies in the Seattle area with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets.

“Cities like Seattle are always interesting to observe over time,” said Dan Weeks, Co-Founder of BrightScope. “While the city is home to some heavy-hitting companies, there are always new and exciting companies joining the ranks of businesses committed to providing solid 401k plans for their employees.”

Noteworthy findings in the 2013 Top 25 Seattle 401k Plans list include:

  • Moss Adams and Alaska Airlines maintain their spots as #1 and #2, respectively, on the list for the second year in a row
  • New to the list are NAES (#13), F5 Networks (#15), Avanade Inc. (#19), Polyclinic (#22), and PACCAR (#24)
  • Weyerhaeuser Company climbed its way back to list after falling off in 2012, coming in at #25
  • Both Intermec (#21) and Proliance Surgeons (#23) fell five spots on the list since last year’s ranking
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $161,740
  • 92.74% is the average participation rate for plans on the list
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $7,284; the median is $5,889
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $8,459; the median is $8,267


Top 25 Seattle Area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:

Rank

Company

Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 Moss Adams LLP Moss Adams LLP Profit Sharing 401(k) Plan – Partners and Principals 90.16
2 Alaska Airlines, Inc. Alaska Airlines, Inc. Pilots Investment & Savings Plan 88.95
3 Group Health Permanente Group Health Permanente Medical Group Pension Plan 86.53
4 Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP Davis Wright Tremaine LLP 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 85.86
5 Russell Investment Group Russell Retirement Plan 85.53
6 Lane Powell PC Lane Powell PC 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan 85.37
7 Perkins Coie LLP Perkins Coie Retirement and 401(k) Plan 84.42
8 Microsoft Corporation Microsoft Corporation Savings Plus 401(k) Plan 84.23
9 The Boeing Co. & Consolidated Subsidiaries The Boeing Company Voluntary Investment Plan 83.23
10 Milliman, Inc. Milliman, Inc. Profit Sharing and Retirement Plan 82.68
11 Group Health Permanente Group Health Permanente 401(k) Plan 82.11
12 Marine Resources Group, Inc. MRG 401(k) Plan 81.95
13 NAES Corporation NAES Corporation Retirement & 401(k) Plan 81.65
14 Puget Energy, Inc. Investment Plan for Employees of Puget Sound Energy, Inc. 81.63
15 F5 Networks, Inc. F5 Networks, Inc. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 81.60
16 Cray, Inc. Cray, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan and Trust 81.44
17 PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company PEMCO 401(k) Plan 80.56
18 Univar USA, Inc. Univar USA, Inc. Valued Investment Plan 78.93
19 Avanade Inc. Avanade 401(k) Retirement Plan 78.26
20 Plum Creek Timberlands, L.P. Plum Creek Thrift and Profit Sharing Plan 78.16
21 Intermec, Inc. Intermec, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Plan 77.86
22 The Polyclinic, A P.C. The Polyclinic, A P.C. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan 77.58
23 Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S. Proliance Surgeons, Inc., P.S. 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan and Trust 77.53
24 PACCAR, Inc. PACCAR, Inc. Savings Investment Plan 76.69
25 Weyerhaeuser Company Weyerhaeuser Salaried and NORPAC 401(k) Plan 76.28

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.

Top Small-Cap Funds in America’s 401k Plans (2013)

We are pleased to announce the 2013 list of the Top 12 Small-Cap Funds for the 401k and defined contribution industry.

“Small-cap funds are a great way to diversify an investor’s portfolio,” said Brooks Herman, Head of Data & Research at BrightScope. “Traditionally, small-caps are considered more risky but have a higher expected return. The funds in this list have attracted retirement assets because they demonstrate favorable risk and return profiles.”

Noteworthy findings since BrightScope’s last release of this list, August 2011:

  • Vanguard Small Cap Index climbed from the number three spot on the list to take the top honors at number one this year
  • The previous #1 fund, Neuberger Berman Genesis, fell completely off the list since 2011, and was joined by fellow no-shows Royce Low Priced Stock and Wells Fargo Advantage Small Cap Value
  • BrightScope welcomes BlackRock Russell 2000 Index(#2), SSgA Russell 2000 Index (#5), and Northern Trust Russell 2000 Equity Index (#12) to the list this year

The Top 12 small-cap funds by total distribution include:

1 Vanguard Small Cap Index
2 BlackRock Russell 2000 Index
3 Vanguard Explorer
4 AllianzGI NFJ Small Cap Value
5 SSgA Russell 2000 Index
6 T. Rowe Price New Horizons
7 T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Stock
8 Lord Abbett Small-Cap Value
9 American Beacon Small Cap Value
10 T. Rowe Price Small-Cap Value
11 Vanguard Small Cap Growth Index
12 Northern Trust Russell 2000 Equity Index

This list is part of a series of rankings BrightScope will regularly publish to provide investment managers, mutual fund companies, investors, and others with more insight into the top funds and managers in the retirement marketplace. The proliferation of this critical information will dramatically increase the efficiency of the field and lead to lower cost plans and better outcomes for the 60 million Americans who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

BrightScope’s technology uncovers audited financial data on investment funds held within real 401k plans. The BrightScope database is superior to the industry’s traditional survey-based approach. When surveys are done, they usually capture no more than 10 percent of total distribution and skew heavily towards funds prominent in the survey company’s client base. Through BrightScope Beacon, investment managers can access comprehensive data, giving them a transparent view into their own fund distribution, as well as the distribution of their competitors.

Top 401(k) Plans in Cincinnati – 2013

Our 2013 list of the Top 25 401(k) plans (containing more than $100 million in assets) in the Cincinnati area is now available! Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, ABX Air,  and Teradata Corporation claim the top spots.

“As one of the most powerful and popular retirement savings vehicles, the efficiency of 401k plans is increasingly important because most Americans rely heavily on them for future financial security,” said Dan Weeks, Co-Founder of BrightScope. “From pharmaceuticals to steel companies, these Cincinnati-based companies are helping to ensure a successful and dignified retirement for their employees.”

Noteworthy observations in this list include:

  • Toyota places on its second BrightScope list year: Toyota’s Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Salaried 401(k) Plan and Trust ranked #12 on BrightScope’s Top 25 Automotive Companies with the Best 401k Plans and squeezes in at #25 on this list
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $118,143
  • 92.95% is the average participation rate for plans on the list
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $5,061; the median is $4,118
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $6,275; the median is $6,374

Top 25 Cincinnati Area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:

Rank

Company

Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP Thrift Savings and Retirement Plan 87.43
2 ABX Air, Inc. ABX Air, Inc. Pilots Investment Plan 85.88
3 Teradata Corporation Teradata Savings Plan 82.07
4 Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP The Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP Savings and Investment Plan 82.03
5 Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL Keating Muething & Klekamp 401(k) Profit Sharing Plan 81.89
6 Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. The Scripps Networks Interactive 401(k) Savings Plan 79.68
7 The Procter & Gamble Company The Procter & Gamble Profit Sharing Trust and Employee Stock Ownership Plan 78.68
8 American Financial Group, Inc. American Financial Group 401(k) Retirement and Savings Plan 78.63
9 NewPage Corporation NewPage Retirement Savings Plan 78.33
10 AK Steel Corporation AK Steel Corporation Thrift Plan – Plan Document A 77.87
11 GK Technologies, Incorporated General Cable Retirement and Savings Plan for Salaried Associates 77.38
12 Centrica US Holdings, Inc. Direct Energy US 401(k) Plan 77.33
13 Robbins and Myers, Inc. Robbins and Myers, Inc. Retirement Savings Plan 76.96
14 Omya Industries, Inc. Omya Industries, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan 76.86
15 Cincinnati Bell Inc. Cincinnati Bell Retirement Savings Plan 76.85
16 The David J. Joseph Company Joseph Group Salaried Retirement Plan 76.26
17 Dayton Power and Light Company The Dayton Power and Light Company Employee Savings Plan 75.12
18 Kao America, Inc. Kao America, Inc. 401(k) Savings Plan 74.76
19 North American Stainless North American Stainless Savings Plan 74.20
20 Mazak Corporation Mazak Employee Shared Savings Plan 73.49
21 AK Steel Corporation AK Steel Corporation Thrift Plan – Plan Document C 73.32
22 Patheon Pharmaceuticals Inc. Patheon Pharmaceuticals Retirement Savings Plan 72.44
23 Premier Health Care Services, Inc. Premier Health Care Services, Inc. Pension Plan 72.35
24 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. Hill-Rom, Inc. Savings Plan 72.34
25 Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Salaried 401(k) Plan and Trust 72.20

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.

Top International Stock Funds in DC Marketplace (2013)

We are pleased to announce the 2013 list of the Top 20 International Stock Funds in the defined contribution industry.

“Maintaining diversification is essential to the health of any portfolio,” said Brooks Herman, Head of Data & Research at BrightScope. “Traditionally, international equities offer returns that are less correlated with domestic equities, which improves the risk/return profile of a portfolio.”

Noteworthy findings since BrightScope’s last release of this list (September 2011):

  • Top four hold strong – American Funds EuroPacific Growth, Fidelity Diversified International, Dodge & Cox International Stock, Vanguard International Growth all maintain their respective positions as #1-4 on the list
  • The returning funds proved their long-term viability, as Harbor International moved from #9 to #6 and Vanguard Total International Stock Index went from #7 to #5, showing either growth and consistency for all top six funds
  • Newcomers dominate the second half of the list, making up the entire list from #7 to #20
  • Four funds have dropped off the list since 2011 – American Funds New Perspective, SSgA EAFE Index Fund, Artio International Equity, and TIAA-CREF Global Equities

The Top 20 International Stock Funds by total distribution include:

1 American Funds EuroPacific Growth
2 Fidelity Diversified International
3 Dodge & Cox International Stock
4 Vanguard International Growth
5 Vanguard Total International Stock Index
6 Harbor International
7 Thornburg International Value
8 BlackRock EAFE Equity Index Fund
9 Northern Trust EAFE Index
10 Fidelity International Discovery
11 Fidelity Spartan International Index
12 Vanguard Developed Markets Index
13 Templeton Foreign
14 Janus Overseas
15 Aberdeen Select International Equity
16 Artisan International
17 Principal Diversified International
18 Wells Fargo International Equity Index
19 Vanguard International Value
20 Morgan Stanley Institutional International Equity

This list is part of a series of rankings BrightScope will regularly publish to provide investment managers, mutual fund companies, investors, and others with more insight into the top funds and managers in the retirement marketplace. The proliferation of this critical information will dramatically increase the efficiency of the field and lead to lower cost plans and better outcomes for the 60 million Americans who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

Since its infancy, the 401k marketplace has suffered from a lack of quality data that is comprehensive enough to be useful for most strategic functions. Historically, it has been virtually impossible to determine a specific mutual fund’s total distribution in 401k plans. BrightScope’s revolutionary database includes a detailed investment menu on nearly 50,000 plans, representing nearly 90 percent of all the assets in 401ks. With this dataset, BrightScope is able to provide detailed analysis of total fund distributions.

Top 401(k) Plans in Boston – 2013

Our 2013 list of the Top 25 401(k) plans (containing more than $100 million in assets) in the Boston area is now available! Wellington Management Company maintains the top spot for the third year in a row, while several first-timers are welcomed to the list.

“It’s great to see that most of the companies that were on the Boston list in 2012 remained on this year’s list, and many have even improved their rating,” said Dan Weeks, Co-Founder of BrightScope. “It’s clear that those companies have continued to make the plan improvements geared towards helping employees reach their retirement goals.”

Noteworthy observations in this list include:

  • First Appearance: New England Biolabs, Boston Scientific Corporation, Kronos Incorporated, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Goodwin Procter, NSTAR, and Bull HN Information Systems
  • Greatest Leap: EMD Serono rocketed 17 spots from #22 up to #5 this year
  • Largest Drop: Boston Consulting Group slid 11 spots from #11 to #22
  • Average account balance for plans listed is $176,890
  • 94.04%  is the average participation rate for plans on the list
  • Average company generosity for plans listed is $9,767; the median is $7,472
  • Average salary deferral for plans listed is $8,954; the median is $9,727

Top 25 Boston Area companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets:

Rank

Company

Plan Name

BrightScope Rating

1 Wellington Management Company, LLP Wellington Retirement and Pension Plan 90.36
2 Eaton Vance Management Eaton Vance Management Profit Sharing and Savings Plan 87.87
3 Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. SGH Profit Sharing & 401(k) Plan and Trust 87.54
4 Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 401(k) Plan and Trust 87.00
5 EMD Serono, Inc. EMD Serono 401(k) Savings and Retirement Account Plan 86.27
6 Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P. Employees’ Profit Sharing Retirement Plan 85.97
7 Natixis Global Asset Management, L.P. 401(k) Savings and Retirement Plan sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management, L.P. 85.88
8 Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated 401(k) Plan 85.63
9 Biogen Idec Inc. Biogen Idec 401(k) Savings Plan 85.02
10 The MathWorks, Inc. The MathWorks, Inc. 401(k) Retirement Plan 84.86
11 Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, Inc. Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization, Inc. 401(a) Retirement Plan 84.82
12 Progress Software Corporation Progress Software Corporation 401(k) Plan 84.57
13 Goodwin Procter LLP Goodwin Procter LLP Partnership Profit Sharing Savings Plan 84.49
14 New England Biolabs, Inc. New England Biolabs, Inc. Employees’ Stock Ownership Plan And Trust 84.14
15 Analog Devices, Inc. Analog Devices, Inc. The Investment Partnership Plan 83.40
16 FMR LLC FMR LLC Profit Sharing Plan 83.35
17 Cabot Corporation Cabot Retirement Savings Plan 82.91
18 Boston Scientific Corporation Boston Scientific Corporation 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan 82.91
19 Ropes & Gray LLP Ropes & Gray LLP Retirement Savings Plan 82.67
20 Kronos Incorporated Kronos Incorporated Retirement Savings Plan 82.39
21 Waters Technologies Corporation Waters Employee Investment Plan 82.23
22 The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. Employees’ Savings Plan and Profit Sharing Retirement Fund 82.13
23 Teradyne, Inc. & Subsidiaries Teradyne, Inc. Savings Plan 82.12
24 NSTAR NSTAR Savings Plan 82.10
25 Bull HN Information Systems, Inc. Bull HN Information Systems, Inc. Investment Plus Plan 82.09

BrightScope’s 401k plan Rating was developed by BrightScope, Inc. with the help of leading academics and independent 401k fiduciaries. Analyzing more than 200 individual data points, the BrightScope Rating algorithm can calculate a single numerical score for each 401k plan in the country. The data points examined cover broad categories such as total plan cost, company generosity and investment menu quality.

BrightScope has rated nearly 50,000 401k and 403b plans, spanning more than 57 million workers and over $3 trillion in assets. Industry adoption of the BrightScope Rating will lead to more cost-effective plans, increased participation rates, higher employee satisfaction and better outcomes for the 60 million employees who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

DISCLAIMER: Ratings continually change as data is updated over time. Ratings should be viewed as a “snapshot in time.” To view current ratings information for a given plan click to view the company’s plan page. The rating on the plan page may not match the rating at the time of the release of the rankings.

Top Commodities Funds in America’s 401k Plans – 2013

We are pleased to share our 2013 list of the Top 20 Commodities Fund Distribution List for 401k and defined contribution industry.

“Commodities continue to emerge and evolve in the 401k marketplace,” said Brooks Herman, Head of Data & Research at BrightScope. “Historically, their returns are less correlated with traditional asset classes like equities and bonds, and plan participants are beginning to seek them out in their portfolios.”

Noteworthy findings since the last release of this list, May 2011:

  • PIMCO leads the pack this year by grabbing the first spot for PIMCO Commodity Real Return Strategy (up from #3) and #2 for PIMCO CommoditiesPLUS Trust II (#2 entry new this year)
  • Newcomers dominate the list making up six of the top ten and fourteen spots overall — Those with an asterisk(*) below are new to the list
  • Two of Fidelity’s commodities took a nosedive: Fidelity Select Natural Resources dropped from #2 to #17 and Fidelity Select Materials went from #6 to #15

The Top 20 ETFs by total distribution:

1 PIMCO Commodity Real Return Strategy
2 PIMCO CommoditiesPLUS Trust II*
3 Prudential Jennison Natural Resources
4 T. Rowe Price New Era
5 Ivy Global Natural Resources
6 SSGA Real Return Ex-Natural Resources Equity*
7 Oppenheimer Commodity Strategy Total Return*
8 Fidelity Global Commodity Stock*
9 Highbridge Dynamic Commodities Strategy*
10 Investec Global Natural Resources*
11 Credit Suisse Commodity Return Strategy*
12 John Hancock Funds II Natural Resources
13 Van Eck Global Hard Assets*
14 RS Global Natural Resources
15 Fidelity Select Materials
16 SSgA Dow Jones US Commodity Fund
17 Fidelity Select Natural Resources
18 SPDR Gold Shares
19 SSgA Global Natural Resources Index*
20 Fidelity Select Chemicals*

This list is part of a series of rankings BrightScope will regularly publish to provide investment managers, mutual fund companies, investors, and others with more insight into the top funds and managers in the retirement marketplace. The proliferation of this critical information will dramatically increase the efficiency of the field and lead to lower cost plans and better outcomes for the 60 million Americans who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

Since its infancy, the 401k marketplace has suffered from a lack of quality data that is comprehensive enough to be useful for most strategic functions. Historically, it has been virtually impossible to determine a specific mutual fund’s total distribution in 401k plans. BrightScope’s revolutionary database includes a detailed investment menu on nearly 50,000 plans, representing nearly 90 percent of all the assets in 401ks. With this dataset, BrightScope is able to provide detailed analysis of total fund distributions.