June 13, 2018

Acorns Enters Retirement Market with Acorns Later

It’s official: Acorns entered the $28.21 trillion with Acorns Later, which offers Roth, traditional and SEP IRA accounts under the Acorns investing model. The launch, which came at the end of April, follows Acorn’s acquisition of Portland-based retirement fintech firm Vault in November 2017. Acorns Later follows the formula of a standard Acorns account, where […]

May 11, 2018

An Increase in Retirement Healthcare Costs Signals a Need for More Information

This year the standard retiring couple will require an extraordinary $280,000 after taxes for medical expenses alone. Women will require $147,000 in retirement, while men will need $133,000, according to a new Fidelity study. These estimates represent a nearly 2% increase—the smallest increase since 2014—from last year’s average cost of $275,000 and do not account […]

April 12, 2018

After Enhancing Retirement Readiness Resources, Firms Turn Their Attention to Holistic Financial Wellness

After bolstering their retirement readiness resources, firms have now moved to improve their general financial wellness educational offerings. In recent weeks, Voya Financial and John Hancock introduced new financial wellness tools and refined existing resource organization, making their general financial education suites more robust and easier to browse. John Hancock rebranded the My Learning Center […]

March 05, 2018

2017 Plan Sponsor Website Key Enhancements

Each February, Corporate Insight’s Retirement Plan Monitor – Institutional service releases a Plan Sponsor Update Report that reviews major plan sponsor site enhancements, highlights emerging trends and offers forecasts for the digital sponsor space. This year, 43% of coverage group firms released significant enhancements that we analyze in the report. There was moderate consistency regarding […]

January 26, 2018

2017 Retirement Plan Mobile Enhancements

Over the course of 2017, multiple Retirement Plan Monitor coverage group firms launched new mobile apps and revamped existing apps, integrating more account data, introducing transaction capabilities and harnessing new mobile technologies to add app features. These are all welcomed enhancements as Americans continue to increase their already-high level of dependency on mobile devices for […]

January 26, 2018

2017 Gold Monitor Awards Winners: Retirement

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 […]

December 07, 2017

Participant Site Homepage Trends

The retirement industry continues to seek ways to better engage participants with the retirement planning process and more effectively communicate the status of their portfolios. As a result, the retirement portfolio summary user experience has evolved and resulted in three key trends: the rise in distinct homepages and account-specific dashboards, increased dashboard or homepage retirement […]

November 10, 2017

Driving Employee Engagement: Lessons from the 2017 SPARK Forum

The topic of how to drive engagement among defined contribution plan participants is one of the most prevalent conversations in the retirement plan industry today. It is also a topic that pervades both our Retirement Plan Monitor and Retirement Plan Monitor – Institutional research; employee engagement resources was the topic of our October RPM – […]