Bridge to Somewhere

"Liability-driven investing for individuals" is how J. Brent Burns, MBA, (left), and Stephen J. Huxley, Ph.D., describe Asset Dedication, which is the name of their bond-laddering methodology, their book and their company.

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.

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?
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‘Here There Be Dragons’

There is no actuarial roadmap through what could be a completely restructured health insurance marketplace. "It's terra incognita," says this consultant and author.
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Financial Industry Wants Fed As Its Watchdog

The Federal Reserve "is the financial fire department... to which financial institutions and markets naturally turn in time of crisis," say the leaders of MetLife, Goldman Sachs and other large financial services companies.

Big Money Gravitates to Wirehouse Stars

About 80% of wirehouse assets, or $3 trillion, is managed by advisor teams that manage over $200 million each, Cerulli Associates reported.

An Announcement From Chairman Scrooge

Less than a quarter (24%) of 300 companies surveyed by Hewitt Associates are offering holiday bonuses this year, down from 42% in 2008.