Boston, March 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DALBAR’s recently released 20th Annual Trends and Best Practices in Investor Statements Report revealed that Merrill Lynch achieved the #1 position for its brokerage and retirement plan statements.  BlackRock earned the top spot in the mutual fund category and AIG topped the charts with the #1 variable annuity statement.   

Top 5 Investor Statements by Type

RankBrokerageMutual FundsRetirement PlanAnnuity
#1Merrill LynchBlackRockMerrill LynchAIG
#2PershingVoyaPrudential FinancialThrivent Financial
#3Morgan StanleyAmerican FundsMassMutualThe Hartford
#4Edward JonesInvescoPrincipal FinancialProtective
#5BairdFederated FundsSecurianPacific Life

Transparency of account fees and expenses and improving the display of this critical information is a particular point of focus for many financial services firms. Among those firms reconfiguring their presentation of fee details, Merrill Lynch created additional sections and clear labels to allow investors to more easily understand the fees associated with their accounts. 

Guiding investors to electronic delivery of their statements continues to be a key focal point.  Baird placed particular emphasis on boosting e-Delivery with a multi-faceted approach, including listing the investor’s e-Delivery elections for each connected account.  If e-Delivery is not selected an e-Delivery reminder message is displayed.

Another crucial component to a great statement is easy access to one’s account value and Charles Schwab now displays an at-a-glance value across the top of the page.

For more information about DALBAR’s Trends and Best Practices in Investor Statements Report, please visit the web site at or contact Brooke Halloran at 617-624-7273 or

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Contact: Brooke Halloran