BrightScope 2009 Top 30 401k Plans List

Today BrightScope is pleased to announce the Top 30 401k Plans of 2009.  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 …

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An Interview with Fred Reish

Fred Reish is a shareholder of the law firm of Reish & Reicher. He specializes in employee benefits law. He is a member of the bar in the State of California, the State of Arizona and the District of Columbia. Fred serves as a consultant on ERISA litigation and FINRA arbitration, with a focus on cases involving broker-dealers, registered investment …

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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 …

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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 …

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BrightScope Passes the 15,000 Plan Mark

At the beginning of the month BrightScope announced that we added Michael Falcon to our advisory board.  In that same release we announced that we had just passed the 10,000 plans mark.  Today we are excited to announce that we are about to pass 15,000 plans rated.  This robust “across provider” dataset enables us to do comprehensive benchmarking and comparisons …

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An Interview with ASPPA CEO Brian Graff

Brian H. Graff is the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA). In this capacity, Graff oversees ASPPA’s operations, is a member of ASPPA’s Executive Committee, and working with ASPPA’s Board of Directors helps to set the strategic direction for the organization. During his tenure, ASPPA has grown from a budget of $1.6 …

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Boise Fiduciary Symposium

We just returned from a two day “Fiduciary Symposium” in Boise, Idaho organized by independent fiduciary and BrightScope Advisory Board member Matthew Hutcheson.  The event featured presentations and panel discussion with several important leaders in the fiduciary world (listed in order of speaking): Brooks Hamilton, President of Brooks Hamilton & Partners Scott Simon, JD, AIFA, 3(38) Investment Fiduciary Gary Allen, …

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An Interview with PSCA President David Wray

David L. Wray is the president of the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (PSCA), a national, non-profit association of companies that sponsor profit sharing and 401(k) plans for over 6 million employees. He is a nationally recognized authority on 401(k) and other defined-contribution plan issues and he has testified before congressional committees and at Labor Department, Treasury Department, and Internal …

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An Interview with Brooks Hamilton

Brooks Hamilton is an independent pension fiduciary and founder of Brooks Hamilton & Partners. Brooks is a native Texan and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston in 1958, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1963. Starting at age twenty-two, Brooks has now worked continuously and exclusively in employee …

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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 …

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