January 05, 2019

Latest Annuity and Life Insurance Product Updates

This slide deck examines product releases from annuity carriers and life insurers covered in Corporate Insight’s Annuity Monitor and Life Insurance Monitor research services. We provide a rundown of new products introduced on coverage group firms’ websites in the second half of 2018 and highlight their key features. Download Slide Deck If you do not […]

December 19, 2018

Merrill Lynch Pilots New Hybrid Robo Amid Growing Investor Demand for Advisor Support in Digitally Managed Accounts

Merrill Lynch is piloting a new hybrid digital advice offering for its managed account suite, Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor, according to a recent ADV filing. Positioned as a combination of Merrill’s pure-robo (Merrill Guided Investing) and its traditional managed service (Select Portfolios), the new platform offers clients access to the full digital account experience […]

October 16, 2018

IMEA Marketing Summit Takeaways

Corporate Insight recently attended the IMEA Marketing Summit at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Chicago. IMEA (formerly MFEA) hosts several themed conferences throughout the year, such as sales, distribution and leadership, with this iteration focusing on marketing. For the one-day event, industry leaders and key decision makers gathered to offer their takes on the latest […]

September 20, 2018

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 […]

June 07, 2017

Advisor Audit Shows Fund Firms Underperform in Digital Offerings

The financial advice industry is going through unprecedented disruption. Tighter regulations, shifting client demographics, new competitors, pricing pressures and technological innovations pose many challenges. Asset management firms can be valuable partners to advisors in this uncertain environment by providing web-based resources that support FAs in their prospecting, client communication, fund research and financial plan development. […]

March 15, 2017

Bespoke Financial Advice Is Possible: Brokerages Look to Improve Advisor Search Tools

While most financial advisor search tools fail to differentiate themselves or innovate, some brokerage firms are pushing that status quo. As recently as this past month, firms like Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley have updated their advisor search tools to better integrate third-party technology and address customers’ specific financial needs, setting a new standard for […]

January 17, 2017

Mutual Fund Advisor Monitor Awards: Fidelity, J.P. Morgan and Oppenheimer Excel in Multimedia

In CI’s recent fifteenth annual installment of the Mutual Fund Advisor Monitor Awards report, we highlighted multimedia offerings from the top firms in the asset management space. Advisors seeking insights on market and economic conditions are bombarded with a swathe of content that they need to read and synthesize in order to gain valuable takeaways, […]

January 17, 2017

2016 Gold Monitor Awards Winners: Advisor

We are excited to announce the release of Corporate Insight’s 2016 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. For more information about the awards and trends that we have observed over the last year, please see our news […]

December 06, 2016

Robos Set Their Sights on Retirement Plan Providers

In just a few years, digital advice – or “robo” advice – has almost become a table-stakes offering in the brokerage industry. While much of the attention paid to digital advice focuses on the wealth management industry, fintech firms can be found throughout the financial services ecosystem, including services that aim to disrupt banking, payments […]

November 21, 2016

New Study Available – Next-Generation Investing: The Incumbents Arrive

After spending years watching from the sidelines, incumbent investment firms are embracing digital advice services. Since spring 2015, nearly all the major U.S.-based hybrid brokerage firms have introduced proprietary digital advice solutions or announced their plans to do so soon. Meanwhile, many full-service firms are partnering with digital advice providers such as BlackRock/FutureAdvisor and SigFig to provide either their clients or advisors with automated advice solutions. Our newest study, Next-Generation Investing: The Incumbents Arrive, explores the forces driving this activity, which include the pending DOL fiduciary standard and the opportunity to provide a lower-cost, entry-level relationship in order to reach the next generation of investors. The report also analyzes key trends and developments in the digital advice space and how this market may evolve moving forward.