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1 Idea
Lots of data.

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BrightScope is a financial information and technology company that brings transparency to opaque markets. BrightScope data drives better decision-making for individual investors, corporate plan sponsors, asset managers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors.

Retirement Plans

BrightScope is the leading independent provider of retirement plan ratings and investment analytics to participants, plan sponsors, asset managers, and advisors in all 50 states.

Wealth Management

BrightScope built the first comprehensive and publicly available directory of financial advisors in the US. We help investors find a financial advisor and complete their due diligence.

Our History

Highlights from the past few years

The BrightScope Team

We started out a small team as most disruptive start-ups do, but have since grown to over 90 employees. The BrightScope team remains nimble, hungry and dedicated to bringing transparency to the financial services marketplace.

Hours Volunteered
Craft beer drinkers
Open source contributors
Brightscope newborns
Wellness champions
401(k) Plan participants

Our Wellness Program

A healthy team is a successful team, and at BrightScope we take our health seriously.

Each employee has the opportunity to particpate in our Wellness Program and earn points and health insurance premium discounts as incentives to stay healthy. Afterall, a healthy body means a healthy mind, which equals top-notch employees and great service!

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In the News

  • Feb 25, 2015
    A recent study by Brightscope and the Investment Company Institute reported that 401(k) plans with assets of more than $1 billion paid an average of 0.33% in fees. By contrast, plans with less than $1 million in assets paid an average of 1.60% in fees. That’s a staggering discrepancy.
  • Feb 25, 2015
    "If you have a 401(k) advisor, find out how that advisor get paid. Some advisors are technically brokers, meaning they get a commission from the 401(k) fees you pay—and thus have little incentive to find you the best deal" says Mike Alfred, co-founder and CEO of BrightScope.
  • Feb 23, 2015
    In general, larger firms tend to have smaller fees because they can spread out the costs over many more people. BrightScope found the 401(k) fee range for smaller firms was generally between 1-2 percent.

Giving Back

Volunteering within our community is an important facet of our mission.

Feeding America San Diego is committed to solving hunger in our community and informing the public on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition, and poverty. We fight hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 56,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.

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