This is the first part of a two-part article on Britain’s ambitious national defined contribution fund for undersavers, a "public option" called the National Employment Savings Trust, or NEST.
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.
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?
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.)
A slowing economy, falling interest rates and de-risking strategies made for mixed second quarter results at the major publicly-held annuity issuers (current and former), excepting perhaps Lincoln Financial.
First-time annuity fee reporting from Raymond James Financial of $61 million boosted the quarterly bank/thrift annuity fee income numbers to a record high, according to the latest Michael White-ABIA Bank Annuity Fee Income Report. Morgan Stanley annuity fee income was up 48%.
Manufacturing executives from across America told the New York Times that they are all but paralyzed by anxiety about the “fiscal cliff” and a potential drop in GDP as a result of reduced government spending.
Portfolios for plan sponsors have performed well, with assets rising more than seven percent during the first seven months of the year for the typical U.S. corporate plan. But liabilities are growing faster.
In his latest column, Bill Gross (pictured) almost echoes the refrains of Occupy Wall Street, charging that capital has prospered at workers’ and the public sector’s expense.
Though experts recommend a retirement nest egg of at least $1 million, less than half of middle-aged, middle-class DC participants have reached even $100,000, survey shows.
“I'm suggesting that be broken up so that the taxpayer will never be at risk, the depositors won’t be at risk, the leverage of the banks will be something reasonable.” – Sanford Weill, former CEO of Citigroup.
Brief or late-breaking items from Insurance Technologies, Securian, Prudential Financial, LPL Financial, and Protective Life.