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February 21, 2019

How Seeking Alpha Seeks Alpha—from Israel

By Kerry Pechter

At Seeking Alpha’s Tel Aviv headquarters, RIJ talked to the firm’s CEO, Eli Hoffman, about how the blogger-clearinghouse makes a ton of money helping people who are trying to make a ton of money in the markets. (Photo of Hoffman by RIJ.)  

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Taken to the Cleaners, in Yehud

By Kerry Pechter

A better prime minister than Bibi Netanyahu would be Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely, said Aviram, who with his mother operates the laundry that I've frequented in Yehud, Israel.

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Public pensions suffer in 4Q2018

'For plans in which benefits paid out exceed contributions coming in, (fourth quarter losses are) difficult news, as investment returns are critical to slow the outflow of funding,' a Milliman release said. 

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Why People Should Work Longer, but Don’t

New research from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College and the National Bureau of Economic Research looks at the economic and situational factors that affect individual decisions about when to retire.

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Risk-sharing brings higher early payouts in Lincoln’s new VA income option

Lincoln IRA Income Plus living benefit gives the contract owner a payout rate of up to seven percent at age 70 with the caveat that the rate will drop to 4% if the account value goes to zero. There's also a 6% simple deferral bonus.

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Inside Seeking Alpha’s Money Machine

By Kerry Pechter

Content is currency for Seeking Alpha, as long as the editors (and their algorithms) keep making smart decisions about which content readers will be willing to pay for.

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Allianz Life and AIG report 2018 results

Allianz Life's fixed indexed annuity (FIA) sales reached $9.2 billion, up 23% over the previous year. AIG's Individual Retirement unit reported $1.68 billion in adjusted pre-tax profit in 2018, down 27% from 2017, according to the latest 10-K report.

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