January 14, 2019

The Persistent Gender Disparity in Financial Wellness

Employers and benefit providers face increasing pressure to give employees the tools and resources to get their financial lives on track. However, despite recent interest and effort from industry leaders, data reveals that employers generally have a long way to go to ensure their employees’ financial wellness, especially women. Corporate Insight’s newest study—A Roadmap of […]

January 02, 2019

We Compared Overdraft Fees in a Hypothetical Scenario and the Results Are the Stuff of Nightmares

To judge overdraft fees holistically for each firm in the Bank Monitor coverage group, Corporate Insight’s November Report imagined a nightmare scenario—in which an account holder incurred the daily maximum number of overdraft fees, as well as an overdraft protection transfer fee and the minimum extended overdraft fee—then calculated the total fees each firm would […]

December 19, 2018

One Year On: Oregon Debuts First State-Sponsored IRA Plan for Private Sector Employees, Individual Workers

Retirement has historically hinged on a variety of income sources, including personal savings, Social Security benefits and defined benefit pension plans. All of these have become less reliable since the Great Recession in 2008, with debt and cost of living inhibiting saving, private-sector pension plans nearing extinction and the future of Social Security looking uncertain. […]

October 31, 2018

Facet Wealth: A Digital Advice Startup with a Multi-Faceted Down-Market Strategy

Last month, private equity firm Warburg Pincus infused virtual RIA Facet Wealth with $33 million in Series A funding. The Baltimore-based startup, founded in 2016, differentiates itself in a commoditized digital advice marketplace with an unconventional client acquisition strategy, fee-for-service pricing structure and call-center-based advice delivery model. None of these strategies are unique in a […]

October 31, 2018

New and Improved Retirement Planners Help Prepare for the Future

Since Corporate Insight last reviewed retirement income projection tools in November 2016, firms consistently introduced new, high-quality planners and enhanced existing ones. AXA introduced its first income projection tool in February of this year. Another four firms—Charles Schwab, Empower Retirement, MassMutual and Vanguard—completely overhauled their retirement income projection tools. Each of the five firms’ new […]

June 13, 2018

Acorns Enters Retirement Market with Acorns Later

It’s official: Acorns entered the $28.21 trillion retirement market with Acorns Later, which offers Roth, traditional and SEP IRA accounts under the Acorns investing model. The much-anticipated 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 […]

June 28, 2017

Financial Services Introduce ABLE Accounts

Recently, firms in diverse sectors have begun expanding product offerings to feature accounts specifically for people with disabilities. In 2014, Congress signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, or ABLE Act, which gives individuals with disabilities access to tax-free savings accounts. In the early half of this year, both Fifth Third Bank and Fidelity […]