How to Make Annuitization More Appealing

In the embedded video, Brigitte Madrian of Harvard (pictured) describes the results of two surveys of older Americans about lifetime income that she and a team of other Ivy League researchers conducted. An article accompanies the video.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
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Pardon My Cynicism

Though well-intended, the proposal to put projections of future income on plan participants' statements may simply divert time and energy from more important issues that remain unresolved--like the fiduciary rule.
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Canadian men and women are living longer

Adoption of the new proposed mortality tables could immediately increase pension accounting liabilities by 5% to 10% for many Canadian defined benefit plans, according to Towers Watson.