Two retirement journalists accept new posts

Tamiko Toland, an annuity product analyst, has moved to CANNEX from Strategic Insight. Bob Powell, a retirement writer for USA Today and former MarketWatch columnist, will begin writing a column and starting a new venture at

Tamiko Toland has joined Cannex Financial Exchanges as Head of Annuity Research. Cannex is the principal provider of annuity pricing and analytics to the financial services industry. 

Toland will be responsible for product research on the annuity market and contribute to the development of Cannex services. Drawing upon 15 years of experience as a researcher and editor focused on retirement income and annuities, she will provide financial institutions and annuity product manufacturers with insights into product design and trends, Cannex said in a release.  

“As we continue to expand our annuity evaluation and selection services, she will be a resource for clients and the media, as well as our development and client-facing teams,” said Gary Baker, President, Cannex USA.

Toland was most recently Managing Director, Editorial and Research Operations/Retirement Income Consulting, at Strategic Insight, where she managed its Annuity Insight service.  She developed, edited and authored research reports on topics including managed volatility funds and in-plan guarantees.  

Prior to Strategic Insight, she was managing editor at Annuity Market News, a SourceMedia publication that provided industry news on fixed and variable annuities and variable life insurance. Toland frequently speaks at industry conferences. She has also testified as an expert witness and written for the CFA Institute and trade media.

Robert Powell, a journalist known for his retirement expertise, has joined TheStreet, Inc., to write a regular column and to launch a new subscription retirement editorial product for more in-depth coverage, TheStreet announced this week.Bob Powell  

Powell (right), who has written for USA Today and MarketWatch, will cover personal finance and retirement matters for investors and financial advisors. A frequent speaker and moderator, he will also participate in TheStreet’s growing events business, the release said.

“My hope is that readers and subscribers will think of me as their retirement guide, someone who can help them achieve their retirement and investment goals, avoid costly mistakes, learn how to manage and mitigate the retirement risks they face, and create investment portfolios that will last a lifetime,” said Powell.

Prior to joining TheStreet, Powell was author of the popular subscription newsletter “Retirement Weekly” at MarketWatch. He holds a master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University 

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