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.

The Five Most Important Retirement Income Decisions

'Many of the decisions presented here are beyond the skills of most pre-retirees and retirees,' writes the author, a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 'They’re going to need help.'

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.
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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.