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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.
The adviser industry is shrinking (and why that's a good thing) PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 15:21
By Timothy Welsh

New online digital advisers (can we all agree not to call them robo-advisers anymore — they are not robots) are getting better and better at providing the basics of financial advice and will continue to evolve. Industry analyst Grant Easterbrook of research firm Corporate Insight now is tracking more than 100 of these online startups, up from just a dozen a few years ago, with new ones coming online every week.

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Mobile Adoption Rate Still Low Among Insurance Customers PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 15:18

Nathan Golia

FICO contends that mobile is underused by insurers, with only 9% of respondents saying they've ever used a smartphone to manage their policy and two-thirds saying they haven't interacted with their insurers at all on the platform. But there are some insurers making big bets on mobile. Corporate Insight's recent Monitor awards found some insurers, like USAA, Geico and Esurance, were paying attention to the leading edge of mobile use trends and incorporating capability like voice-recognition into their apps to capitalize on the increase in use of mobile software like Apple's Siri personal assistant.

"It allows users to streamline the process, and since they're on the mobile device on the go, it makes sense to expedite navigation," says Lauren Roncevic, Corporate Insight analyst.

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5 big tech trends coming your way; Here’s a preview of game-changing technology that will rock the advisory world PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 March 2014 15:14

Joyce Hanson

Fidelity was the first major brokerage firm to make a public foray into wearable technology six months ago when the Fidelity Labs research and development unit was granted early access to Google Glass and created a Glassware app that lets wearers focus their vision on a logo of a publicly traded company to generate a real-time market quote, according to analysts at online and mobile research firm Corporate Insight.

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Robo-Advisors May Change The Advisory Industry PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:34

These online financial advisory services are reinforcing a different set of expectations among their clients by offering lower costs and greater transparency, but they do have their limitations, says Grant Easterbrook, senior research associate at Corporate Insight.

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6 Life Insurance Customer Experience Leaders PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:32
ins and tech
By Nate Golia

Here's why this year's Corporate Insight Monitor Award gold winners for life insurance stand out from the crowd.

Life insurers are busy this year when it comes to customer-facing tech -- there's already been multiple announcements this year on new launches aimed at improving the experience for agents and policyholders alike. Corporate Insight's yearly Monitor awards recognize firms that are leaders in this area.

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It’s the Facebook approach to money: Connect with friends. Then donate, invest and even fund a new business together. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:27

By Jennifer Openshaw

Crowdfunding will certainly face some stiffer controls in the not too distant future. Just this week, the public comment period closed on Title III of the JOBS Act, the SEC’s crowdfunding rules proposal. Among other things, the JOBS Act (short for Jumpstart Our Business Startups) enables average investors to access more complicated investment opportunities which previously were available only to “accredited investors” who earn more than $200,000 a year or who have a net worth exceeding $1 million.

“Until new SEC crowdfunding rules are finalized, the only way most Americans can invest in real estate — outside their home — is through a REIT,” says Grant Easterbrook, senior research associate at Corporate Insight, who’s been tracking these new platforms.

Purchasing a share in a REIT allows an investor to buy into a management company with a portfolio of existing investments. Real estate crowdfunding, however, pools investors together so that, with as little as $5,000 typically, they can buy small shares of individual properties.

These are generally commercial properties, such as multi-family, retail, office and industrial projects, including new developments. You can get direct ownership and, if projects are successful, increase your long-term returns by saving money on the fees many REITs charge, says Easterbrook. Investing in REITs provides indirect ownership, and fees investors pay generally go toward the management company in exchange for professional management. For engaged investors, other benefits of real estate crowdfunding include greater transparency and control over your holdings. Users can review regular progress reports and monitor each of their property investments online, including possible dividend payments.

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