Plan Sponsor Group Joins Hueler SPIA Platform

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).

Who Rules the Top 1%?

Private businesses and partnerships lead most often to the top wealth brackets in the U.S., new research shows. In this edition of Research Roundup, we bring you summaries of research on variable annuity sales, the Fed's response to the March 2020 crash, and more.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?
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Have Investment Managers Earned Their Fees?

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.

One Reason the Crisis Got So Bad

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).
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Retirement confidence low, survey shows

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.

Republican budget manifesto released

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).

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from AXA Equitable, Lincoln Financial Group, Bankers Life, FundQuest, Principal Financial and Securian.