Top 25 Los Angeles Area-Based Companies with the Best 401k Plans

Today we announced the third list of Los Angeles area-based companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets.  O’Melveny & Myers returns to the list at No. 1 for first time since 2011. Noteworthy findings in the 2015 Top 25 Los Angeles Area 401k Plans list include: After debuting at No. 1 on the …

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 …

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 …

TIPS Funds Continue Strong DC Asset Growth

Today BrightScope’s research team is pleased to announce the release of a new white paper: TIPS Funds Continue Strong DC Asset Growth in tandem with a list of the Top 20 TIPS Funds in the retirement marketplace. The white paper looks at the top TIPS funds in the retirement marketplace and evaluates how those funds and the overall TIPS market …

An Open Letter to Vanguard's Steve Utkus

Steve Utkus is the head of retirement research at Vanguard. Though we have never met personally, we have been fortunate enough to appear alongside Steve in articles, including this article about BrightScope that appeared in BusinessWeek. His comments in the press are generally wise and insightful which makes sense given his 25+ years of industry experience. On Monday of this …

Announcing the BrightScope On Target Index

BrightScope is pleased to announce our partnership with Target Date Analytics and the launch of the BrightScope On Target IndexTM.  We encourage you to read today’s Press Release and related coverage: Press Release Investment News – BrightScope Launches Target Date Benchmarking Tool Associated Press – BrightScope, Target Date Analytics form new index Fund Action – BrightScope, Target Date Analytics, To …

Are 401k Target Date Funds Missing the Mark?

The interest in target date funds is still red hot even several months removed from the first round of hearings held by the DOL/SEC. BrightScope has done its best to provide data and research support to those interested in studying target date funds. Earlier today BrightScope CEO Mike Alfred appeared on CNBC alongside Michael Smith of Avatar Associates to discuss …

Real Time Fee Monitoring

BrightScope was recently at a conference held by Charlie Epstein, the 401k Coach, in Tabernash Colorado.  One of our fellow speakers at the conference was ERISA attorney Marcia Wagner. Marcia is a well-respected ERISA attorney who has a great understanding of where the 401k marketplace is going and what prudent fiduciaries need to do to protect themselves. In her presentation …

What We Are Reading

Here are some of the things that BrightScope is reading: The House Education and Labor Committee is marking up H.R.2989 this morning.  The 401(k) Fair Disclosure and Pension Security Act of 2009 (H.R. 2989) is new legislation that combines provisions from the recently approved fee disclosure and investment advice bills (H.R. 1984 and H.R. 1988). The bill also includes modest …

Meet the Government's new CIO: Vivek Kundra

Many in Washington are excited about Obama’s new Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra, and it is easy to see why. This 34 year old technologist has a unique approach to technology in government: On Moving to the cloud: “The cloud will do for government what the Internet did in the’ 90s. . .  It’s a fundamental change to the way …