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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

  • May 26, 2015
    Brightscope said the average total plan cost in 2012 was 0.91 percent of assets per year, down from 1 percent in 2009. That includes administrative fees, investment advice and other fees. But average mutual fund expenses for investment in domestic stock funds was 0.95 percent for plans with less than $1 million in assets, compared with 0.48 percent for plans with more than $1 billion in assets, Brightscope found.
  • May 26, 2015
    If it comes off, the deal would be a “huge win” for Financial Engines, putting it in reach of a previously unreachable market, says Mike Alfred, co-founder of 401(k) tracker BrightScope, Inc. in La Jolla, Calif. “This is an interesting deal and would expand their distribution beyond mega-plans to a number of participants that plan sponsors wouldn’t have chosen.” See: How giant advice provider Financial Engines can sweep the 401(k) field — or not. Financial Engines serves about 600 plan sponsors directly."
  • May 21, 2015
    The message here is not that all 401(k)s are bad or too expensive. In fact, costs have fallen 30 percent over the past decade, according to the Investment Co Institute, as more plan sponsors turn to low-cost passive investing options. But costs vary widely. Plans with more than $100 million in assets usually have total annual costs below 1 percent, and the biggest plans usually are below 0.50 percent, according to Brightscope, which tracks the industry. In small plans, costs can be as high as 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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