The Bankers Who Control the World

Some goldbugs have accused the Bank of International Settlements of engineering the 2008 financial crisis to subvert the dollar. This account of a visit to BIS' Swiss headquarters, first published in Harper's in 1983, has been updated for RIJ by the author.

Annuities Aim for Spot in ‘Starting Lineup’

Annuity issuers want—and need—their products to be included as a matter of course in the model portfolios or asset allocation software tools that more advisors are expected to rely on in the future.

Why Are Stocks So High?

Because corporations have been returning more of their profits over to shareholders and less to workers, especially over the past 30 years, according to authoritative recent research. The implication is that investors' gains have come at the expense of workers, who own little stock.

‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities

Catching up with the 'application programming interface' technology train is essential for annuity issuers. APIs integrate annuities into advisor platforms, reduce NIGO applications, and give clients a fluid online experience.
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An Industry Awaits Fee Transparency Rule with Trepidation

“This new ERISA 408(b)(2) disclosure has a bite to it," writes Louis Harvey of Dalbar in DSG Dimensions. ERISA attorney Fred Reish (left) estimates that 401(k) fee transparency rule would be effective "April 1 to July 1, 2012.”

More info on New York Life’s DIA Emerges

The deferred income annuity will allow pre-retirees to build up retirement income over time, it was revealed at the LIMRA Retirement Industry conference in Las Vegas last week.
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401(k) assets top $3 trillion: SPARK

We often hear that Americans don't save, but their collective retirement savings are worth about $16 trillion, according to research by RG Wuelfing & Associates, Inc. for the SPARK Institute.

Equity funds see outflows in March: Morningstar

Among U.S. stock funds, large-cap offerings lost about $3.2 billion across the value, blend, and growth categories, while small-cap funds enjoyed modest inflows of $791 million.

The Bucket

Brief and late-breaking items from AXA Equitable Life, Prudential, MassMutual, Northwestern Mutual and The Derivative Project.