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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

  • Mar 28, 2015
    “A lawsuit is a serious step and should only be pursued after other avenues have been exhausted,” said Mike Alfred, the co-founder and CEO of BrightScope, a San Diego-based firm that tracks 401(k) plans and advisers. Alfred recommends that you talk to your plan sponsor for fee and investment issues. “A lineup which includes only high fee active funds could be a red flag,” he said. “In large plans, the simple presence of retail share class mutual funds could be a sign of fiduciary lapses.”
  • Mar 25, 2015
    According to a survey by the Investment Company Institute and BrightScope, 401(k) plans offer access to an average of 25 investment options. With an IRA, on the other hand, you can choose among thousands of mutual funds, exchange traded funds and individual securities.
  • Mar 13, 2015
    BrightScope recognizes the top advisors with significant online influence with its list of Top 100 Most Social Financial Advisors. First introduced in 2014, an updated list was released by BrightScope this week.

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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