SOURCE: BrightScope


May 17, 2011 00:01 ET

BrightScope Announces the Top 10 Commodities Funds Held in America's 401k Plans

Investment Managers Can Get Unprecedented Visibility Into Funds Through BrightScope

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - BrightScope (, a leading provider of independent investment research and financial data, today announced the Top 10 Commodities Fund Distribution List for the 401k and defined contribution industry. This list is part of a series of rankings BrightScope will regularly publish to provide investment managers, mutual fund companies, investors, and others with more insight into the top funds and managers in the retirement marketplace. The proliferation of this critical information will dramatically increase the efficiency of the marketplace and lead to lower cost plans and better outcomes for the 60 million Americans who depend on their 401k plan for retirement.

"Historically, investment professionals in the 401k industry have not been able to efficiently access comprehensive data on which funds and managers have the best distribution," said Mike Alfred, the CEO and co-founder of BrightScope. "The recent volatility in the commodities market means there is significant money in motion and plenty of opportunity in this asset class. Without access to the best information and analytics, many asset managers will fail to identify these opportunities and struggle to keep up in the increasingly competitive defined contribution marketplace."

Since its infancy, the 401k marketplace has suffered from a lack of quality data that is comprehensive enough to be useful for most strategic functions. Historically, it has been virtually impossible to determine a specific mutual fund's total distribution in 401k plans. BrightScope's revolutionary database includes a detailed investment menu on more than 50,000 plans, representing nearly 90 percent of all the assets in 401ks. With this dataset, BrightScope is able to provide detailed analysis of total fund distributions.

The Top 10 commodities funds by total distribution include:

1. T. Rowe Price New Era

2. Fidelity Select Natural Resources

3. PIMCO Commodity Real Return Strategy

4. Ivy Global Natural Resources

5. Prudential Jennison Natural Resources

6. Fidelity Select Materials

7. Oppenheimer Commodity Strategy Total Return

8. SSgA Dow Jones US Commodity Fund

9. John Hancock Funds II Natural Resources

10. RS Global Natural Resources

BrightScope's technology uncovers audited financial data on investment funds held within real 401k plans. The BrightScope database is superior to the industry's traditional survey-based approach. When surveys are done, they usually capture no more than 10 percent of total distribution and skew heavily towards funds prominent in the survey company's client base. Through BrightScope Beacon, investment managers can access comprehensive data, giving them a transparent view into their own fund distribution, as well as the distribution of their competitors.

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About BrightScope
BrightScope is a financial information company that brings transparency to opaque markets through independent research and analysis. Delivered through web-based software, BrightScope data drives better decision-making for individual investors, corporate plan sponsors, asset managers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors. The BrightScope Rating™, developed in partnership with leading independent 401k fiduciaries, reviews more than 200 unique data inputs per plan and calculates a single numerical score which defines plan quality at the company level. In April 2011, the company launched BrightScope Advisor Pages™, the first comprehensive and publicly available directory of financial advisors designed to help consumers discover information and conduct due diligence on wealth management professionals. BrightScope also markets a suite of data analytics software products to Fortune 1000 companies, asset managers, broker-dealers, financial advisors, and other market participants. Public ratings for more than 55,000 retirement plans as well as rating definitions, criteria and methodologies, and information on more than 450,000 financial advisors are available for free at

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