Holiday Cheer

Forget doom-and-gloom. Recent research suggests that the Crash of 2008 will not prevent most Boomers from retiring as planned.

Examining the Indices in Index-Linked Annuities

A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.

The Point of Indexing (in Annuities)

Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.

The Irony of Inflation Forecasting (Research Roundup)

In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.

It’s Reigning Buckets

Envestnet's new PlanHorizon income distribution method resembles other 'bucket methods' like IFLM and RetireSense, but also integrates the bucket method into the firm's full-service investment and administrative platform for independent advisors.

Nuances of Insurance Wholesaling Revealed

Agents prefer different business practices depending on their years in the industry and whether they're captive or independent, a Mintel survey shows.

IRI Says It’s “Time to Feel Free” Again

With its first-ever web video, the Insured Retirement Institute says as much about its own post-NAVA makeover as it does about the hipness of guaranteed retirement income. The one-minute effort to get Boomers thinking about retirement is intended for viral dissemination.