How to Walk Through Fire

Crossing the retirement "red zone" might be compared to a fire-walk. But here are three advisors who are guiding clients (and their portfolios) from age 55 to age 65 with barely even a hot-foot.

Envestnet’s Big Annuities Play

Envestnet, with the help of six major annuity issuers, has built a platform where advisors from broker-dealers, banks and RIAs can blend insurance products and investments in the same financial plan. It's a service life insurers can't live without. But will RIAs embrace annuities?

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?
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Nationwide and MSSB Ink SALB Deal

A Nationwide income guarantee will be offered to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney's Select UMA holders. The wirehouse expects to use up the initial $250 million capacity in six months.

‘Breakaway Broker’ Is A Myth

Wirehouse reps still manage almost half of the assets in all retail advisory channels, according to Cerulli Associates' exhaustive annual study.
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Obesity Linked to Retirement Insecurity

Per capita medical spending for the obese is $1,429 higher per year, or roughly 42% higher, than for someone of normal weight, a new research study claims.