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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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Vanguard, Fidelity Rake In Website Golds PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:03

By Peter Ortiz

As the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics start in Russia, Fidelity and Vanguard can claim bragging rights for winning the most gold for top mutual fund websites.

The firms nabbed two gold awards each, while Fidelity won two silver awards to Vanguard’s one silver in the 2013 Mutual Fund Monitor Awards by Corporate Insight.

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Fidelity, E*Trade, Schwab Top 2013 eMonitor Awards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:42
wall street and technology

By Becca Lipman

For more than fifteen years Corporate Insight has released an annual eMonitor Awards, calling attention to exceptional service within brokerage firms. Ranked in several categories considered important to the industry, this year's MVPs include Fidelity, E*Trade, and Charles Schwab.

Ankita Patel, the senior analyst for eMonitor at Corporate Insight, says over the years the players who have shown excellence in certain categories have continued to improve existing resources in their domain.

Categories include: Account Information, Education Centers, News & Research, Online Documentation, Online Help, Product Range, Quotes, Tools & Calculators and Trade Tickets.

TD Ameritrade, for example, has a Gold rating in the "Education Centers" category. Over the years they've always done well in education, explains Patel, but they continue to add to that channel. Merrill Edge, a relatively new player, has a Silver rating in the same category and quickly catching up to the industry leader. "The firms we rank highest do the best job overall in terms of depth of information. Every firm has these things, but the best firms have the most extensive information available to users."

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