Volcker’s Minsky Moment

“The banks shouldn’t be running casinos on the side,” said former Fed chairman Paul Volcker at the Hyman P. Minsky Conference in New York last week.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?

Life Insurers’ Bermuda Triangle, Part II

The humble fixed indexed annuity is at the center of the restructuring hurricane that has swept through the life insurance industry in recent years. We bring you the second article in a series on the topic.
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Off-Track Bettors

"It should be noncontroversial that we can’t afford any more innovation on Wall Street," says the author of several books on the financial system.

How Big Is the Gap in Public Pensions?

Depending on the rate one uses to discount future obligations, state and local government pension plans face a funding shortfall in the wide range from $1 trillion to $3 trillion.
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What the ABACUS 2007-AC1 Offering Circular Says

In the Offering Circular for the CDO at the heart of the SEC lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, the investment bank disclaims any fiduciary responsibility toward other parties in the transaction.

RIIA Weighs In on In-Plan Income Options

Lifetime income options should be offered by all defined contribution plans, but they shouldn't be mandated elections for all participants, RIIA says.