The deal will allow the 1,200 members of the Profit-Sharing Council of America to give their six million plan participants access to a no-load, multi-issuer SPIA platform. (Photo of Kelli Hueler by David Lubarsky).
Here is the first of three excerpts from "Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance," the compact, illuminating new book by four NYU Stern School of Business professors about the fatally flawed structure of the GSEs.
Few organizations seem to understand the ascendancy of "open architecture" better than the Retirement Income Industry Association, whose mantra is "the view across the silos." Here's a report on its Spring Conference, held this week.
Using "non-Gaussian" analysis, Jim Otar has created a benchmark for evaluating retirement savings vehicles--and discovered that cautious savers might want to hold fewer equities.
To help readers evaluate their own investment managers, our guest columnist offers a summary of the first quarter's equity returns by style, sector, and country.
Banks needed to reserve 4% for mortgage loans, but only 1.60% for mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. So banks loaded up on MBSs. A second excerpt from the newly-published "Guaranteed to Fail" (Princeton University Press, 2011).
Alicia H. Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, made her recommendations in an op-ed piece in the New York Times this week.
The percentage of workers not at all confident about having enough money for a comfortable retirement has grown to 27%, the highest level measured in the 21 years of the Retirement Confidence Survey.
“While hedge fund managers remain bearish, hedge fund investors are showering them with fresh cash,” said Sol Waksman, founder and President of BarclayHedge.
The top individual and corporate tax rate would drop to 25% from 35% under the "Path to Prosperity" proposal written by House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Brief or late-breaking items from AXA Equitable, Lincoln Financial Group, Bankers Life, FundQuest, Principal Financial and Securian.