ImpactAlpha, July 30 – Guideline launched five years ago to develop low-cost, subscription-based retirement plans for small businesses and their employees. The company says it manages $2.5 billion for 13,000 businesses.
Generation Investment Management backed Guideline’s $80 million Series D round as part of a series of investments in the future of work (see, “Generation Q&A: How the pandemic strengthens the case for sustainable investing”). Greyhound Capital co-led the round.
Guideline touts the accessibility of its subscription-based service to small businesses, which are overlooked by traditional 401(k) providers using asset-based fee models. Generation’s Shalini Rao called it a “market failure” that Guideline is addressing.
But Guideline offers only two ESG funds, and only to plan participants who self-direct their investments. One of the ESG funds, Vanguard’s VFTAX, is Guideline’s most widely used fund, a spokeswoman for the company told ImpactAlpha.