‘Smart,’ from UK, Enters the US PEP Market

'Smart' is the recently-launched American branch of a British fintech with expertise in a kind of retirement savings plan that's called a 'master trust' in the UK and a 'pooled employer plan' or PEP in the US. RIJ interviewed two of its top executives.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.
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Two Trends in One: CTFs and TDFs

Collective trust funds and target date funds are ‘made for each other,’ one analyst said. But will CTF-TDF hybrids create the same false sense of security among 401(k) participants that TDF mutual funds have?

My Life as a ‘Dangerous Woman’

The New School economist and 401(k) critic reveals that her notoriety is, in part, the result of a misunderstanding that went viral--with help from Rush Limbaugh.
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HSAs No Panacea for Retiree Medical Costs: EBRI

If it's true that retired couples will need $350,000 on average to cover costs not covered by Medicare, Health Savings Accounts won't be large enough to do the job, says the benefits research organization.

Hartford CEO to VAs: “Never Again”

The insurer won't focus on VAs as much as in the past. It expects total annuity sales of $5 billion in 2012, or less than half its individual annuity sales in 2008.

P. Kennedy Proposes Savings Accounts for Children

H.R. 4682 would create an account with $500 per year for all children at birth, with a supplement of up to $500 and matching contributions of up to $500 each year for children in families with incomes below the national median.