RetiremEntrepreneur: Mike Alfred

"Save like you will retire, but live like you won't," is part of Alfred's personal retirement philosophy. He is co-founder and CEO of BrightScope, the first firm to rate retirement plan quality and publish the ratings on the Internet.

How to Choose an Annuity Issuer

Shopping for an annuity, like shopping for a car, involves questions about the manufacturer of the product. Do their products perform as expected? Will service quality be high? Are they likely to stay in business? We show you where to look for answers.

Time to Put Benjamins Back in the Sock Drawer?

At the LIMRA annual conference in Boston earlier this week, MIT economist James Poterba described how low interest rates make saving for retirement more of a challenge.

Pitching Income Annuities on Greed

Speakers Wade Pfau and Curtis Cloke showed planners at the Financial Planning Association's 2019 conference in Minneapolis that income annuities can provide growth as well as protection.
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Summer Is Almost Over. So Is QE

“The unwinding of QE is a place we have never been before," says Phil Chiricotti, president of CFDD. The effects, and the end, of quantitative easing were also on the minds of Vanguard's Ken Volpert and the analysts at Cerulli Associates.

The Global QE Exit Crisis

The rate suppression that QE has imposed on developed countries since 2009 triggered a search for yield that flooded emerging economies with short-term “hot” money, warns the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.
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IRI publishes brief guide to deferred income annuities

The IRI explains why people would purchase a DIA and how they can use DIAs (by creating sequential or overlapping layers of DIA income in retirement) to maintain inflation-protected income throughout retirement.

Vanguard suggests SWiP option for DoL income illustration

“If the DOL requires lifetime income illustrations to be provided on participant statements, sponsors and service providers should have the flexibility to project retirement income using a systematic withdrawal approach,” Vanguard’s official comment letter said.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Beacon Research, Athene Annuity, ADP, ING U.S., and Ruark Consulting.