Who’s Doing What with QLACs Now

The 'Tax-Free Ninja' is Eric Estrada, a marketer at a Houston-based insurance wholesaler. He's one of the young, social-media savvy entrepreneurs who are enthusiastic about the potential for selling Qualifying Longevity Annuity Contracts (QLACs).

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.

America’s Risky Recovery

'My own best guess is that will start to raise rates in September, and that the federal funds rate will reach 3% by some point in 2017,' writes Martin Feldstein, the Harvard economist and former presidential adviser.

On the Road with RIJ: Penn’s Archaeology Museum

We're at the Wharton School's 2015 Pension Research Council symposium, an exclusive meeting of retirement academics and professionals held each year in Philadelphia. Also: A link to slides from ERISA lawyer Marcia Wagner's webinar on the DOL conflict-of-interest proposal yesterday.

Annuity CEOs receive disclosure demands from Sen. Warren

Breaking News: Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts, has asked chief executives at 15 major annuity issuers to furnish her with details about the incentives they offer, if any, to insurance distributors, to encourage the sale of annuities.

Spring 2015 issue of The Journal of Retirement appears

This issue features articles relevant to retirement income mavens, including a piece on the way options can make a retirement more comfortable and one on the implications of offering deferred income annuities in defined contribution plans.