Bill Sharpe’s New Retirement Blog

On the verge of his 80th birthday, Sharpe, who won the 1990 Nobel Prize for his Capital Asset Pricing Model, has been writing a blog that documents his work on an open-source software tool that can help advisers and their clients test retirement income strategies.

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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The Changing Face of Global Risk

As was the case during the global financial crisis, investors today seem to be having difficulty in estimating, pricing, and hedging a variety of tail risks properly, writes NYU professor and economics pundit Nouriel Roubini in this guest column.

Orange You Glad the Re-branding Campaign is Almost Over?

“Orange signals our optimism,” Ann Glover, the CMO of Voya Financial, told RIJ in talking about the importance of Voya's keeping the ING color as it separates from ING Group. ING US is nearing the end of its year-long rebranding effort.
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Don’t neglect the ‘middle market’: LIMRA SRI

With so many advisers and companies focusing on the high net worth investor market, America's 13 million middle-market investors continue to be neglected and underserved. Therein lies opportunity, according to LIMRA's research unit.

Genworth survey probes financial apathy

Many Americans regard financial products as too complex, or say they don’t have time to learn about finance, or are uncertain about how to get started, according to an online poll sponsored by Genworth of 1,016 Americans over age 25 with at least $50,000 in savings.