Fidelity Investments

[vc_row content_placement=”top” css=”.vc_custom_1502921076505{margin-top: -15px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_text_separator title=”401 (k) Retirement Plans, Asset Managers, Custodians”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”12526″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Fidelity ’ s mission is to inspire better futures and deliver better outcomes for th e customers and businesses we serve. With assets under administration of $6.0 trillion, including managed assets of $2.2 trillion as of March 31, 2017, we focus on meeting the unique needs of a diverse set of customers: helping more than 26 million people invest their own life savings, 23,000 businesses manage employee benefit programs, as well as providing more than 12,500 financial advisory firms with investment and technology solutions to invest their own clients ’ money. Privately held for 70 years, Fidelity employs 45,000 associates who are focused on the long-term success of our customers. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit https://www.fidelity.com/about.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_text_separator title=”Initiative” title_align=”separator_align_left”][vc_tta_tour controls_size=”md” active_section=”1″][vc_tta_section title=”401 (k) Retirement Plans (Service)” tab_id=”1506531396844-73a1b6e9-4c7d”][vc_cta h2=””]

Helping Advisors Understand the Needs of Plan Sponsors by Identifying Defined Contribution Trends

Fidelity’s annual proprietary survey, Plan Sponsor Attitudes, helps advisors identify trends and opportunities in the defined contribution market, in order to improve their understanding of the needs and concerns of today’s plan sponsors. We began surveying plan sponsors in 2008 and, each year, responses reveal important areas of focus for sponsors, including:

Plan design
Investment menu selection
Fiduciary duties
Sponsor engagement
Results from the seventh edition of the research are based on the responses of nearly 1,000 plan sponsors using a wide variety of record keepers (not just Fidelity), and includes plan sizes from 25 to 10,000 participants, with plan assets ranging from start-ups to more than $100 million.

The findings are primarily focused on plan sponsors using a financial advisor or plan consultant and the majority of respondents are responsible for managing their organization’s 401(k) plan, representing a variety of key functions within the company.

One of the most interesting insights that continues to stand out each year is how plan sponsors’ expectations of their advisor continue to increase and evolve over time. Successful advisors and consultants recognize this and are constantly raising their game. Fidelity encourages advisors to improve their retirement knowledge covering participant behavioral trends and plan sponsor concerns, and to demonstrate their value by helping sponsors design their plans to better meet participant needs. [/vc_cta][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Asset Managers (Education Thought Leadership)” tab_id=”1506531396913-f8d90def-5f9d”][vc_cta h2=””]

Looking Beyond Fixed Income When Rates Rise

Following the Federal Reserves first rate hike in 2016, and with the expectation that interest rates will trend higher in 2017, advisors are concerned about managing portfolios in a rising rate environment. In a recent Fidelity survey of financial advisors, more than 40% of respondents cited government, economy, and interest rates as their top concern.

Through our extensive experience working with advisors to construct portfolios, we recognized this need and wanted to help advisors expand the conversation beyond fixed income to consider how rising rates impact other asset classes. To address this need, we developed a new paper, Fidelity’s Perspectives on Rising Interest Rates.

We saw immediate demand and engagement, with more than 4,500 advisors downloading the paper the week following distribution. We also saw robust engagement via the WealthManagement.com White Paper Spotlight, which generated 194 leads, 400% above the benchmark.0

We further brought these concepts to life through videos featuring Fidelity experts discussing their asset class viewpoints. These videos are available as individual asset class perspectives and as one full montage, allowing advisors to easily access specific information and answers to questions such as where interest rates will go from here, and what assets can help mitigate interest-rate risk.

At the heart of our multi-dimensional campaign is an online landing zone packaging all our rising rate resources. With our content available in multiple formats, we make it easy for advisors to share Fidelity’s unique insights and help clients remain focused on long-term investing goals.[/vc_cta][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Custodians (Practice Management)” tab_id=”1506531458342-f9cd8dbd-1950″][vc_cta h2=””]

Fidelity’s Digital Advice Roadmap Helps Advisors Integrate Robo Capabilities into Their Practice

With Fidelity research revealing that almost one in two advisors plan to explore or implement a digital advice strategy, Fidelity identified an opportunity to develop a comprehensive roadmap to
help guide advisors through essential business and technology decisions. Whether an advisor will use a solution provided by their custodian/clearing firm or a third-party technology vendor, Fidelity’s insights can help them through the process from end–to-end.

Fidelity believes firms that successfully merge human and technology elements will be best positioned for future success. Digital advice can help firms provide the services and online experience that clients increasingly seek, particularly younger clients, while helping the business to scale for growth.

Fidelity’s “Navigating Digital Advice: A Four-Step Roadmap” guides clients through these steps:

Lay the foundation – define your goals and target clients

Design the offering – outline products/services, engagement model, and technology features

Determine how to deliver – evaluate the right technology solution, resources, policies/procedures, and fees

Create go-to-market plan – craft messaging, marketing plan, transition process, implementation plan, and metrics

The roadmap’s interactive nature, as well as the downloadable and printable worksheets, equip firms with a step–by-step approach for what otherwise could be a daunting task, particularly for smaller firms that lack resources to implement a complex solution.

In just two months, a webpage introducing Fidelity’s roadmap and interactive guide garnered more than 1,600 visits. Additionally, clients have found the roadmap to be a valuable tool as part of discussions with Fidelity Relationship Managers and Practice Management Consultants as they shape their plans.[/vc_cta][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Custodians (Thought Leadership)” tab_id=”1506531477614-6bf0e5f5-7e43″][vc_cta h2=”” shape=”square”]

Upending the Value Stack: Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions Offers Predictions for the Future of Advice

Wealth management firms look to Fidelity Clearing & Custody Solutions (FCCS) for new insights to grow their businesses. Fidelity is committed to developing ideas that provoke discussion and new thinking – ultimately moving the entire industry forward.

One opportunity for sharing thought-provoking ideas is Fidelity ’ s Executive Forum – a premier event for 300+ C-suite wealth management executives. At the 2016 Forum, Sanjiv Mirchandani, President of FCCS, unveiled ten-year predictions for the industry, asking clients: “Are you future- ready?”

Mirchandani shared his “upending the value stack” theory, which emphasizes that technology and consumer preferences will squeeze the traditional advisor value stack. What was formerly seen as the place to make money – stock-picking and generating alpha – is becoming commoditized, while the bottom of the stack – financial planning – is increasingly where advisors can differentiate. Demand for transparency will accelerate the move toward fee-based businesses across segments; human and machine will merge with robo advice offering s; consolidation will increase as firms seek to grow and scale; and client-centric advisors who help clients navigate “ moments of truth ” or key life events will be most successful.

Mirchandani’s provocative perspectives were the talk of event attendees, with many executives requesting permission to share them with their senior teams and several inviting Mirchandani to present at their internal events. The Predictions were shared online and at other industry events, and were eagerly absorbed by the advisor community – with the related materials garnering more than 13,000 views.

Mirchandani will provide updated insights at Fidelity ’ s 2017 Executive Forum, continuing to bring engaging, thought-provoking and actionable content to the community.[/vc_cta][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tour][vc_text_separator title=”Category Finalists” title_align=”separator_align_left”][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]401 (k) Retirement Plans (Service)

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