“I believe the proposal is intended to eliminate the commission model,” said Ron Kruszewski of Stifel Financial during the hearings on the DOL conflict of interest proposal. Scott Puritz of Rebalance IRA looks on.
A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.
Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.
In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.
Retirement Income Journal will next appear on September 3, 2015. We will not publish on August 20 or August 27. During that time the management and staff will be on vacation. We will return phone calls and emails when we return in September.
The current issue includes articles by David Blanchett, Moshe Milevsky, Olivia Mitchell and Mark Warshawsky, among others.
Instead of offering bonds to customers at the initial offering price, Edward Jones and Stina R. Wishman took new municipal bonds into the firm's own inventory and improperly offered them to customers at higher prices, the SEC found.
A hypothetical investment of $10,000 in mutual funds in 1990 was shown to grow to $37,800 after 22 years in the most tax-inefficient funds and to $48,800 in the most tax-efficient funds.
“Plans remove just 13.7% of affiliated funds in the lowest performance decile, 25.5% deletion rate for unaffiliated funds in the lowest performance decile,” said a new study from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.