Time Is Money: The Growing Popularity of Smartwatch Banking

In August 2017, Fitbit introduced Fitbit Pay alongside its Ionic smartwatch. Three days later, Garmin followed suit with Garmin Pay, which it announced with its Vívoactive 3 smartwatch. Fitbit Pay and Garmin Pay allow smartwatch owners to access their checking accounts via their smartwatches for in-store purchases. Since the introduction of these payment services, seven […]

New VALIC Plan Sponsor Site Leverages Digital Trends and Best Practices to Enhance User Experience

VALIC’s new plan sponsor site represents a significant step forward and it is now among the more modern sites within the Retirement Plan Monitor – Institutional coverage group.The new site, called SponsorFIT and part of VALIC.com, is designed for plan sponsors and closely resembles its participant site counterpart. “FIT” stands for “Futures. Individually Tailored.” and […]

The Rise of ESG

  Morgan Stanley recently announced that it amassed more than $20 billion in ESG assets over the past five years—more than doubling its impact investment asset goal for this period. The firm launched its Institute for Sustainable Investing platform in 2013, committing to the $10 billion dollar goal upon its inception. The firm launched two […]

Personal Finance Game from Fidelity Targets Next Generation of Investors

Targeting recent college graduates, Fidelity’s new Five Money Musts program incorporates gamification and personal finance education strategies to jump start the next generation of investors. The game lets users make financial decisions as a recent graduate, including which job offer to take, where to live, how much to contribute to a 401(k) versus student loans […]