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.)

Research Roundup

We summarize four recent papers: 'Portfolios for Long-Term Investors,' 'What is the Value of Annuities?,' 'Public Economics and Inequality: Uncovering Our Social Nature,' and 'Financial and Total Wealth Inequality with Low Interest Rates.'

An Annuity’s ‘Moneyness’? There’s an App for That

How will variable annuity contract owners use their income benefits? That question is vital to annuity issuers and to fiduciary advisers with clients who own VAs. This Texas Dep't of Insurance actuary knows a product that can help them find out.

A Chip Off the Old Rock?

Bloomberg reported this week that Prudential is considering selling its retirement plan recordkeeping business. Prudential didn't confirm the report, but several industry insiders did. Low interest rates, high costs of IT makeovers, and sticky stable value fund guarantees are driving the move, RIJ was told.
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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%.