Fred LaPolla

Email: flapolla@corporateinsight.com

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On the Way to the Forum: Web Forums Build New Platform for Small Business Owners

February 05, 2015 by
On blogs and in social forums, firms offer advice to business owners on everything from management tips to adapting the latest technologies to small business operations. Credit card companies have created a niche where visitors can discover engaging articles that offer tips and insights from other small business leaders on issues important to their companies and industries.

Introducing Alumni Monitor Research Service

September 24, 2014 by
Corporate Insight (CI) is excited to announce the launch of a new research service: Alumni Monitor. Our new subscription-based research reviews alumni outreach programs of major universities. We examine the user experience of alumni sites, mobile apps and outreach communications each month and provide reports and updates on best practices in alumni development. Corporate Insight […]

Small Business Card Providers Mobilize

June 13, 2014 by
As mobile apps proliferate in the world of account management, many small business credit card providers have begun providing apps for entrepreneurs. These tools allow business leaders to track their card spending, view insights and store records. Two firms in the Corporate Insight Small Business Card Monitor coverage group stand out for offering mobile apps […]

April Fund Thought Leadership Insights: Where’s the Beef? Thought Leaders on the Five Year Bull Market’s Future

April 28, 2014 by
Fund Thought Leadership Insights is a monthly blog series highlighting the best commentaries and expert analysis pieces released by leading asset management firms. For a full archive of past articles, click here. With the stock market’s bull market reaching the five year mark, many asset managers have turned their attention to discussions of the market’s future. Here, we highlight April’s top five bull market-focused thought leadership pieces:

Active vs. Passive Investment Management Marketing Practices Whitepaper

March 31, 2014 by
The issue of active versus passive management is a perennial debate for asset managers and investors. The recent growth of interest in indexed strategies highlights that investors are more concerned than ever about keeping costs low, and thus, many are turning to index funds to avoid management fees. While the efficient-market debate is unlikely to be settled any time soon, we here at Corporate Insight are interested in how asset managers promote their different services. In this white paper, we examine how three firms – American Funds, MFS and Vanguard – promote their services in the active and passive management spheres. The whitepaper compares the firms’ marketing strengths and weaknesses and places a special emphasis on online thought leadership, examining the value, volume and website placement of the pieces the firms produce.

March Fund Thought Leadership Insights: Top Five Commentaries on the Crisis in the Ukraine

March 26, 2014 by
Earlier this month, Russian forces entered the Crimean peninsula, seizing the region following political upheaval in Kiev. What this means for investors is still an open question, but to help their clients understand more about the issue, asset managers have turned their expert opinion to the region. Here are this month’s top five thought leadership commentaries on the Ukrainian crisis:

February Fund Thought Leadership Insights: Emerging Market Growth Slowdown

February 24, 2014 by
Recent volatility in the emerging markets has left many investors heading for the exits. To help make sense of events around the world, asset managers turn their eye to emerging market turbulence. Here are this month’s top five posts:

January Fund Thought Leadership Insights: Top Five Bond and Fixed Income Investing Commentaries

January 21, 2014 by
Fund Thought Leadership Insights is a monthly blog series highlighting the best commentaries and expert analysis pieces released by leading asset management firms. For a full archive of past articles, click here. With interest rates at record lows and a Fed taper looming, many investors are worried about generating income and what rising rates will mean for their bond holdings. Many asset management thought leaders have turned their focus to the problem of fixed income investing in the current economic environment. Here are this month’s top five thought leadership pieces on bonds and fixed income investing:

December Fund Thought Leadership Insights: Looking Ahead to 2014

December 17, 2013 by
Fund Thought Leadership Insights is a monthly blog series highlighting the best commentaries and expert analysis pieces released by asset management firms. For a full archive, click here. Looking Ahead to 2014As 2013 winds down, asset managers are beginning to turn their eye to the future. While prognostication may be best left to the realm of roadside psychics and internet astrologers, financial managers can look at ongoing trends and give some illumination to their expectations for the coming year. Here, we take a look at the top five thought leadership pieces that offer outlooks and predictions for 2014:

November Fund Thought Leadership Insights: Top Five Practice Management Tips Columns

November 19, 2013 by
From balancing client needs to mastering the latest technologies, financial advisors have a lot on their plates. To help them manage their advisory practices, many asset managers offer articles and insights on business building and in-house management. This month, we highlight the top five practice management articles: