March 01, 2018

Brokerages Respond to New FINRA Regulation

In an effort to protect America’s aging population and vulnerable adults from financial exploitation, FINRA implemented a new regulation that requires brokerages to “make reasonable efforts” to obtain trusted contact information for accounts. Additionally, FINRA member firms now can place a temporary hold on the distribution of funds that are believed to be financially exploited. […]

February 06, 2018

CI Adds Coverage of Calvert and Columbia Threadneedle to Asset Management – Investor Monitor Research

Building off our recent relaunch of Asset Management Monitor – Investor, CI is excited to introduce Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Calvert Research and Management to our coverage group. Columbia Threadneedle furthers our coverage of active companies, while Calvert allows us to expand our scope of the fast-expanding SRI space. Columbia Threadneedle is the global asset […]

January 30, 2018

Advisor Websites Evolve, Embrace Open Access

The trend toward open access quality investing information online makes it increasingly challenging to captivate advisor audiences, and fund firms are competing to gain visibility. For some asset managers, getting advisors to visit their site, let alone log in, can be challenging. Over the past few years, Corporate Insight (CI) has observed asset managers incrementally […]

January 17, 2018

Brokerages Increasingly Embrace ESG Funds

The rapid growth of ETFs is shaking up the industry. With over a 67% increase in net issuance since 2016, growth is expected to continue beyond 2018. Schwab stands out for growing its ETF assets to over $400 billion, doubling in the past four years. As more funds are issued, investors can more easily create […]

January 05, 2018

2017 Award-Winning Brokerage Planning Tools

Corporate Insight’s e-Monitor service recently released its annual awards report recognizing excellence in site offerings across the brokerage industry. In this report, we look back at 2017, analyzing the state of the brokerage industry’s best digital resources and features by benchmarking our 18-firm coverage group across all major aspects of brokerage client websites. Financial planning […]

January 04, 2018

2017 Gold Monitor Awards Winners: Brokerage

We are excited to announce the release of Corporate Insight’s 2017 Monitor Awards, our annual reports that recognize firms across our coverage groups for excellence in the digital user experience they offer prospects, clients and advisors. Throughout January, we will be releasing a series of slide decks highlighting gold-medal-winning firms in each of our financial […]

January 03, 2018

Ellevest Hops on the Hybrid Model Bandwagon

Throughout 2017, the brokerage industry saw a growing trend of the pairing of digital advice with human advisors. Three firms in particular—TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab and Betterment—introduced or made changes to existing digital advice models. TD Ameritrade rebranded its legacy Amerivest Portfolio service as Selective Portfolios, which provides automated managed accounts paired with guidance from […]

January 02, 2018

Big Companies Encourage Small Investors

As brokerages continue attempts to attract new investors, Millennials remain reluctant to engage with incumbent firms. According to a recent Bankrate study, only 17% of 1,002 Millennials surveyed said they would invest in the stock market, despite its ninth year as a bull market. Many worry that they do not have enough money or knowledge […]

December 05, 2017

The Golden Age of Audio: Financial Podcasts Proliferate in 2017

Last May, Corporate Insight explored how podcasts were spreading as a marketing tool and described how this rapidly growing medium was impacting the financial services sector. Our last review profiled five podcasts from leading asset managers. Since then, industry juggernauts Fidelity and BlackRock have upped their podcast game. In early 2017, Fidelity began the Market […]