The “Stacking” Strategy

Are bond yields awful? Are investors terrified of equities? Then it’s perfect weather for indexed annuities, the unpredictable but often effective knuckleballs of the annuity world. Check out these new "stacked" offerings from Security Benefit Life and Aviva.

With BluePrint Income, AARP Ups its Ante on Annuity Sales

AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser. 

We Could Use Some Inflation

The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.

Look Homeward, Seeker of Liquidity

During a market crisis, a reverse mortgage home equity line of credit (ReLOC) can be a lifeline of ready cash for homeowners ages 62 and older. Don Graves of HECM Advisors Group explains.
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One-Time Crusader Breaks Bad

Matthew Hutcheson, who portrayed himself as a champion of fuduciary responsibility, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week in Boise, Idaho, on charges of stealing millions of dollars from a multi-employer retirement plan of which he was the trustee.
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How much does asset allocation matter to retirees?

“Financial advisers will be of greater help to their clients if they focus on a broad array of tools – including working longer, controlling spending, and taking out a reverse mortgage," says a new paper from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

Annuity net flow was flat in March: DTCC

Inflows and net flows have increased in each of the first three months of 2012, breaking a declining trend in 2011, but Inflows and net flows were down in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter of 2011.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Prudential Financial, ARIA Retirement Solutions, Lincoln Financial, Ibbotson Associates, MassMutual Retirement Services, and Nationwide Financial.

The Financial World Is Round

I don’t necessarily agree with all the policy recommendations of Modern Monetary Theory proponents. But, for me, MMT helps explain much of what was previously inexplicable about our financial system.