A Closer Look at CLOs (and Other U.S. Credit)

Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.

She’s Got Advice for Life Insurers

'Insurers can't remain wedded to product sales, which are becoming commoditized in a future that trends toward financial advice,' says industry veteran Michelle Richter, who just launched Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC.

Searching for Yield? Here’s Where to Look

Bond gurus Anne Mathias of Vanguard and Rick Rieder of BlackRock spoke at the Morningstar Investment Conference last week. Emerging markets, real estate debt, and asset-backed securities are potential sources of yield, as are dividend-paying stocks, they said.
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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.