Whose Retirement Crisis Is It, Anyway?

The thrust of last week’s ICI Retirement Summit was that there’s no broad retirement savings crisis needing government action. But that doesn’t mean Boomers won’t need help with decumulation.

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?
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Where Young Advisors Can Give and Get Advice

“Think of the robo-advisors as high-tech, low-touch, and the high-minimum fee-only planners as low-tech, high-touch. We’re high-tech, high-touch," said Alan Moore, a young planner who, with Michael Kitces, has started XYPlanningNetwork to help other young planners build practices to serve Gen X and Gen Y investors.

RetirePreneur: Kelli Hueler

While in Japan on business in the late 1990s, Kelli Hueler saw an aging society and had an epiphany. She realized that American retirees would soon need sources of guaranteed income. So she started a SPIA sales platform called Income Solutions. Last winter, she added DIAs.
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Financial discipline is important, but uncommon

Sixty percent of the respondents to a Northwestern Mutual survey said their financial planning could use improvement; the most common obstacle to improvement was lack of time, cited by 27% of those surveyed.