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.
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.
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?
Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
“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.”
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.
An ideal pension system would be based on an annual contribution of 8% of wages to a government-run index fund, said Laurence Kotlikoff of Boston University.
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.
The changes, which are intended to help centralize the verification of completed mandated training, will roll out later this month.
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.
Brief and late-breaking items from AXA Equitable Life, Prudential, MassMutual, Northwestern Mutual and The Derivative Project.