Financial Engines’ Secret Income Plan

Financial Engines CEO Jeff Maggioncalda expects his firm to roll out an in-plan income option to DC participants in late 2010 or early 2011. He won't reveal details, but there are clues to his intentions. Photo by Robyn Basso.

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.)

Cue the Traveling Music…

... Because the fall conference season is about to begin. It starts after school opens and ends by Thanksgiving.

In Singapore, as in the U.S., Savings Grow Slowly

In Singapore, HSBC Insurance has unveiled a new annuity contract called SecureIncome to help Singaporeans save for retirement. The product appears to beat putting money under the mattress, but not by much.

Dutch Pensioners in a Panic

Participants in 14 pension funds in the Netherlands are facing benefit cuts in the wake of the financial crisis.

New SALB Launched By Investors Capital Corp.

The account combines Investors Capital Advisory Services’ series of asset allocation models with a stand-alone living benefit that offers investors a guaranteed 5% lifetime income stream.

A Snapshot of U.S. Household Debt

As a country, the U.S. owes its bondholders almost $13.4 trillion. As individuals, Americans owe about $11.2 trillion. Unlike the national debt, however, household debt recently fell--for the first time in four years.