Even as the retirement savings market comes increasingly in the sights of ambitious digital providers this year, not all want to disrupt the asset management industry. One firm's collaborative approach has in fact helped it to gain clients and financial support from the industry's largest firms.

Chicago-based NextCapital announced a $16 million funding deal in mid-December that includes support from Manulife and AllianceBernstein. It had already found investors in 2014 from Russell Investments and Transamerica Ventures Fund.

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