England’s Search for a DC/DB Hybrid

The U.K.’s pension ministry has proposed ‘defined ambition’ as a remedy for the country’s retirement savings ills. ‘DA’ is a hybrid of DC and DB, but remains otherwise undefined. Pictured: A worker at a Morrisons supermarket in Britain.

Wells Fargo’s New Annuity Wagon

Wells Fargo Asset Management's new target-date series of CITs comes with a built-in, optional retirement income strategy: systematic withdrawals plus an annuity starting at age 85.
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Sun Life downgrade follows Guggenheim deal

The rating actions follow the December 17, 2012 announcement by SLF of its agreement to sell its U.S. annuity and certain life insurance business lines to a Guggenheim Partners-led investor group for approximately $1.35 billion.

Morgan Stanley expects fiscal cliff to be hardly a speed bump

Central banks in developed countries are holding short-term rates down to induce investors to shift into riskier, higher-yielding assets, says Morgan Stanley's Global Investment Committee Monthly report for December. The bank says it doesn't intend to 'fight the Fed.'

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from MetLife, Thrivent for Lutherans, The Financial Planning Association, Towers Watson, Cogent Research, Security Benefit and the New York Stock Exchange.

RIJ will not publish next week

Retirement Income Journal and RIJAdvisor will not be published during the week of December 24-28, in observance of the holidays. We thank all of our subscribers and advertisers for their support of our mission during the past 12 months and for helping make 2012 our best year yet. We'll see you in the New Year.