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Tuesday, August 08, 2000

Who Spins the Best Web Site?

Reported by Sean Hanna, Editor in Chief

Insurers have work to do to catch up with fund companies in their Web site offerings, according to Dalbar. The Boston-based research company noted that the gap has arisen despite the reliance insurers have on intermediaries to distribute their funds. Mutual fund firms "remain clearly superior to insurance companies in the Internet support of financial professionals," said the report.

"The trailing of insurers is quite surprising since they depend more on financial professionals than do mutual funds,"said Louis S. Harvey, Dalbar's president. "This shows that mutual fund companies have recognized the power of the Web to build loyalty with financial professionals and are investing in it," he added.

Fidelity has the top Web site for financial advisors, replacing Kemper. Meanwhile Invesco is tops for consumers, according to Dalbar. The Boston-based research company released its second quarter ratings of both financial professional and consumer sites yesterday.

Fidelity, the top fund company, scored a 76 out of 100 possible points compared to American Skandia, the top insurer, which earned 61 points. Dalbar also pointed out that the scores of the 25th company in each category also favored the fund company (46 to 29).

Consumer Web Sites
RANKDALBAR Ranking
2nd Qtr 1st Qtr COMPANY DESIGNATION SCORE
1 1 INVESCO Excellent 86
2 5 Fidelity Excellent 85
2 5 American Century Excellent 85
4 2 Vanguard Excellent 84
4 3 Strong Excellent 84
6 4 AIM Excellent 82
6 8 T. Rowe Price Excellent 82
8 11 Montgomery Excellent 80
9 8 Van Kampen Very Good 78
9 7 Oppenheimer Very Good 78
11 18 One Group Very Good 77
11 12 John Hancock Very Good 77
11 0 Schwab Funds Very Good 77
11 15 Putnam Very Good 77
15 15 GE Financial Very Good 76
15 8 Scudder Very Good 76
15 15 State Street Research Very Good 76
18 22 Founders Funds Very Good 75
19 12 MFS Very Good 74
20 12 Kemper Very Good 73
20 NA Prudential Funds Very Good 73
22 NA Westcore Very Good 71
22 20 Gabelli Funds Very Good 71
24 NA Nvest Good 69
25 NA Jones & Babson Good 68
25 25 Dreyfus Good 68
25 24 Franklin Templeton Good 68
NA 21 PIMCO Funds Good 66
NA 22 Alger Funds Good 65
NA 18 Janus Good 62


Professional Web Sites
RANK DALBAR Ranking
2nd Qtr 1st Qtr COMPANY DESIGNATION SCORE
1 2 Fidelity Very Good 76
2 4 Putnam Very Good 75
3 3 Oppenheimer Good 69
4 1 Kemper Good 68
4 4 Invesco Good 67
6 10 Franklin Templeton Good 66
7 8 AIM Good 65
8 9 American Century Good 62
8 11 Van Kampen Good 62
10 6 John Hancock 59
10 11 American Funds 59
12 13 MFS 56
13 14 Strong 53
14 19 Chase Vista 50
14 NA Calvert Group 50
16 23 Goldman Sachs 49
16 25 One Group 49
18 NA Alliance Capital 48
18 17 Dreyfus 48
20 NA American Skandia 47
20 20 Pimco Funds 47
20 NA Gabelli Funds 47
20 14 T. Rowe Price 47
24 23 Montgomery 46
24 14 Scudder 46
24 NA GE Financial 46
24 NA Nvest 46
24 22 Wescore Funds 46
24 25 Founders Funds 46
NA 25 State Street Research 43
NA 17 Phoenix Funds 41
NA 20 Alger Funds 39
 

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