Social Security turns 75 on Saturday, and pressure to raise the claiming age for full benefits is rising. But that would hurt the least well-off most, said experts at the Retirement Research Consortium meeting in Washington last week.
Three retirement experts talk about boring products that you might wish you owned right now: I-Bonds, cash value life insurance and annuities.
Franklin Templeton SVP Drew Carrington says his firm's Defined Maturity Funds, which work like bond ladders, could provide retirement income for 401(k) participants, and could be paired with qualified longevity annuity contracts.
A mortality and longevity expert at Willis Towers Watson writes that 'the variability of the mortality impact by age makes the impact highly variable by type of insurer.'
When clients discover that products have been sold to them without the adequate use of process, some advisors will surely face a day of reckoning, says the president of The Strategic Distribution Institute, LLC.
PIMCO's $239 billion Total Return Fund, which Gross manages, has returned 13% in the past year, beating 71% of its peers, according to Bloomberg.
The problem is that the demographic group that is selling homes and investments—the postwar BabyBoom generation—will be larger than the group that will be buying the assets.
Assets in target date mutual funds grew 9.8 percent in the first quarter. Lifecycle mutual funds managed $281 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2010, up from $256 billion at year-end 2009.
“Five years ago we started translating long term care costs into square feet of real estate, to highlight the heavy burden of paying for care,” said Denise Gott, chairman of LTC Financial Partners LLC.
The nation’s largest mutual life insurer announced a record $870 million worth of income annuity sales in the first half of 2010, along with gains in life insurance, long-term care insurance, mutual fund sales.
Tax breaks, when seen as passive spending programs, are a form of government waste. So raising taxes might shrink the size of government. Or not.