Pick and Roll(over)

Hundreds of TV ads for financial services have appeared during the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament so far. None was an absolute slam dunk, but all were good. Read on, watch the video clips, and judge for yourself.

Talking Annuities with AIG’s Todd Solash

Solash, who leads AIG's Individual Retirement business, spoke with us about the company's approach to the annuity market. The NAIC recently reported AIG's overall Life and Retirement businesses as having an industry-leading $18.4 billion in sales.

Risks that Can Ruin a Retirement, Part II

In retirement, "risk" can turn from an object of pursuit to an object of avoidance. In the second installment of a two-part article, our guest columnist continues his discussion of financial and other risks that retirees and advisors should anticipate.

Risks That Can Ruin a Retirement

In the first of a two-article series, the retirement expert, author and editor enumerates and describes the many risks that retirees face. (Spoiler alert: Mortality is not one of them.)
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Brand Conscious, But in Different Ways

Affluent investors seem to love direct retirement product providers, but advisors’ favorite brands vary by distribution channel. Everyone seems to like American Funds.

Participants Still Wary of Equity Risk: Spectrem Group

In 2012, 401(k) participants held 36% of their assets in diversified equities and another 13% in company stock. In 2006, these investors had 40% of their assets in diversified stocks and 19% in company stock, according to Spectrem Group.
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MetLife now manages a sixth of Romania’s DC assets

At year-end 2012, more than 5.7 million Romanians participated in the "second pillar" with net assets of RON 9.64bn (€2.18bn) in nine funds. Since 2008 the number of funds has been halved to eight funds following several mergers, the CSSPP said.

The Bucket

Brief or late breaking items on New York Life's 2012 financial results, on a Center for Retirement Research study about the effectiveness of retirement income projections on participant savings behavior, an April 11 webinar on variable annuity products sponsored by Morningstar, Inc., and Nationwide's acquisition of 17 HighMark funds.