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.

‘Smart,’ from UK, Enters the US PEP Market

'Smart' is the recently-launched American branch of a British fintech with expertise in a kind of retirement savings plan that's called a 'master trust' in the UK and a 'pooled employer plan' or PEP in the US. RIJ interviewed two of its top executives.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.
Featured

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.
News

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.