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Corporate Insight is frequently in the news, whether to announce and discuss our published research or to offer our views on topics within our areas of expertise. Scroll down this page to read the latest articles in which we’ve appeared, and use our News Archive to find previous items.
Are Apps Helping or Hurting Your Finances? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:55
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By Kimberly Palmer

Thanks to dozens of new startups, your newest (automated) financial adviser is just a few clicks away. A report from the research company Corporate Insight released last fall identified a boom in startups that aim to meet the growing demand for financial advice and management when it comes to investing, retirement planning and other financial adviser-related roles. Many of these startups, including SigFig and LearnVest, also come in app form.

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Advisers Turn to Portfolio Analysis Software PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 30 December 2013 10:15

By Murray Coleman

Still, a host of online adviser sites are now offering free tools that can pull together account data and suggest ways to cut out redundant holdings. Some also make specific suggestions, typically steering investors into low-cost exchange-traded funds rather than individual stocks.

These service providers might also recommend less volatile portfolio mixes through broader diversification of assets, notes Grant Easterbrook, a senior analyst at Corporate Insight, a market research firm in New York.

Online advisers he finds offering combinations of such portfolio analysis tools include: Jemstep, Financial Guard, FutureAdvisor, SigFig and Personal Capital.

But like any other Internet-based advisory services, Mr. Easterbrook says there “really isn’t a good way for automated systems to deal with emotions” that can make a big impact on how disciplined investors remain with their long-term asset-allocation plans.

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Websites that adapt on the fly PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 December 2013 12:14

By: Marina Stein

The days of online banking being limited to desktop computers are over.

Modern consumers are increasingly interacting with their banks using mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Understanding the popularity and value of on-the-go banking services, a handful of financial companies are beginning to introduce websites with “responsive design” to optimize their digital resources across the online and mobile channels

Fitting your website to user’s venue
A website featuring responsive web design (RWD) will detect what device is being used and fluidly adapt to a layout optimized for that screen size. RWD promises to minimize the burden of designing and updating websites for multiple screen sizes by rearranging and re-sizing content modules by pre-set order.

Among the banks covered by Corporate Insight’s Bank Monitor research service, Capital One, Capital One 360, and Santander Bank are the first to implement responsive design.

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Online investment firm SigFig steps into managing money PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:32

By Trevor Hunnicutt

While SigFig has a number of competitors in the fee-based online managed account space, including BettermentJemstep Inc., and Wealthfront, SigFig will be undercutting almost all of them on price. SigFig's fee-based management costs $10 per month for all accounts over $10,000, and it will be free for those with less than that amount. (Many online advisers charge a percentage of assets under management.)

Grant Easterbrook, senior research associate at consulting firm Corporate Insight, said the product's reliance on a risk-tolerance questionnaire and lack of sophisticated financial planning capabilities may limit its appeal among the high-net-worth clients that traditional advisers target.

“They have more sophisticated needs than this,” Mr. Easterbrook said. “They want reassurance when they have so much money on the line.”

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Online investment tracker SigFig launches new service offering low-cost investment management PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:29

By Elizabeth Lazarowitz

Services like SigFig's can be overly simplistic, failing to account for factors like planning for a child's college tuition or a home purchase and how much debt you have, said Grant Easterbrook, an analyst at Corporate Insight who tracks financial startups.

Still, SigFig's service conveniently syncs all your existing accounts, which is good for people with money in different locations, Easterbrook said. Plus, "Ten dollars is a relatively low cost to not have to think about it."

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Can Financial Planners Be Rated Like Yelp? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 09:59
By Richard Eisenberg

A three-month-old site called Wallethub.com, an offshoot of Cardhub.com (which lets users compare credit cards), brazenly aspires to be the Yelp of personal finance. It has started running reviews of advisers by current and former clients, such as “Found him to be out of touch, unresponsive and arrogant.”

Wallet Hub founder and CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou says, “We’re on a mission to put more information in the hands of consumers to help them make the best decisions.”

Grant Easterbrook, senior research associate at Corporate Insight, a financial services analytics firm, thinks we’ll see a growth in such ratings of planners when Generation X and Generation Y amass enough savings to warrant money management. “They’re much more interested than boomers in getting reviews online.”

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