The Bucketing Brigade

Pershing LLC, Sovereign Bank, and Securities America have all made Income for Life Model (IFLM) software available to advisors. That represents growth for IFLM, and progress for the income paradigm. (Sculpture by Stephane Cauchy.)

Tell Us What You Really Think

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.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

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?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

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.)
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Mind Your ETFs and CITs

In this data-rich report, the president of the Center for Due Diligence, a Chicago-based organization for plan advisors, explains which way the winds of the 401(k) world are blowing. (Hint: Think passive and low-cost.)
News

Investment opportunity in China?

Western investors shouldn't assume that they have no shot at managing China’s pension assets, according to a news report in IPE.com.

Social Security: A manageable problem

If employees and employers each paid 1.34 percentage points more in payroll taxes, starting immediately, everyone who reaches retirement age at least through 2086 would receive the current package of Social Security benefits, according to Alicia Munnell of Boston College.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from National Academy of Social Insurance, New York Life, LPL Financial, Fortigent, BNY Mellon, Investor Analytics, National Exchange Traded Funds Association, and the American Association of Long-Term Care Insurance.

Macchia, the Man and the Machine

David Macchia, the president of Wealth2k and developer of Income for Life Model, keeps going and going and going... and thinking a lot about the Boomer retirement income opportunity.

Mind the Longevity Gap!

Ruark Insurance Advisors Inc. estimates that the cost of unhedged longevity risk in a typical variable annuity living benefit could be as much as 1.40% annually on the declining asset balance--in addition to the customary policyholder charge of 1.00%.