White Papers – Free


Periodically through the year, BrightScope will release white papers for the public that examine trends in the DC market. These papers are free of charge and open to distribution.

Research Reports


With detailed investment and provider data on 50,000 Defined Contribution (DC) plans covering over $3 trillion in assets, BrightScope has a demonstrated ability to show unique and accurate trends in the 401k market, not based on survey data, but in plan-level detail.

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BrightScope has partnered with some of the leading research companies in the industry, including Target Date Analytics, FUSE Research, and Cerulli.

JUNE 18, 2013

Popping the Hood VI

BrightScope and Target Date Analytics present the latest edition of Popping the Hood, the most comprehensive and longest running analytical report on target date funds (TDFs) and their fund families. Popping the Hood VI analyzes and grades 48 fund familie

BrightScope and Target Date Analytics present the latest edition of Popping the Hood, the most comprehensive and longest running analytical report on target date funds (TDFs) and their fund families. read more
MARCH 19, 2013

DC Product Usage Trends: U.S. Equity Assets

AUTHORS: FUSE Research, BrightScope

FUSE Research Network and BrightScope, a leading provider of independent financial information and investment research, published their second installment in a series of research reports examining the defined contribution (DC) market. In addition to identifying specific asset class trends in the DC market, the series enable firms to assess where ...

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NOVEMBER 7, 2012

DC Product Usage Trends: Target Portfolio Assets

AUTHORS: FUSE Research, BrightScope

We are excited to announce the launch of a new report series, DC Product Usage Trends. The series is a partnership between FUSE Research and BrightScope. The series utilizes BrightScope's comprehensive database and our knowledge and experience in the DC space to provide an in-depth look at how various ... read more
JULY 17, 2012

Popping the Hood V

AUTHORS: Craig L. Israelsen PhD, Joseph C. Nagengast
PARTNERS: Target Date Analytics

BrightScope and Target Date Analytics present the latest edition of Popping the Hood, the most comprehensive and longest running analytical report on target date funds (TDFs) and their fund families. ... read more
FEBRUARY 9, 2012

TIPS Funds Continue Strong DC Asset Growth

AUTHORS: Brooks Herman, Ryan Alfred, Eddie Alfred

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) funds have experienced a notable increase in popularity in Defined Contribution (DC) retirement plans, as plan sponsors and participants have sought ... read more
FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Popping the Hood IV

AUTHORS: Craig L. Israelsen PhD, Joseph C. Nagengast
PARTNERS: Target Date Analytics

BrightScope and Target Date Analytics present the latest edition of Popping the Hood, the most comprehensive and longest running analytical report on target date funds (TDFs) and their fund families. ... read more