You knew it all along, but now there's evidence. Most Americans are financially illiterate. Experts wonder how the millions who don't understand compound interest can possibly fashion successful retirements.
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.
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?
Economist Annamaria Lusardi started studying financial literacy in 2000. She soon realized that it's not a luxury for the few. It's an empowerment tool for the many.
Here are 18 true-or-false questions that economists asked Americans over age 55. The average score among the college-educated was 68%. Perhaps you'll fare better.
In the third quarter, the largest U.S. mutual life insurer led all issuers in sales of fixed immediate annuities and sales of fixed annuities in the bank channel.
But the consulting firm says that neither advisors, asset managers or investors are enthusiastic about the one-year opportunity for Roth IRA conversions.
Jeff Frazee goes to Aviva USA, Lynne Ford to ING.
Under proposed law, registered reps would have no “continuing duty of care or loyalty to the customer” after providing advice.
Annuity firms introduced enhanced online security measures in 2009, but they remain laggards in the financial service industry.
Thirty years ago, Arnold Relman coined the term, "medical-industrial complex." He calls the Senate health care bill "half a loaf," but hopes it passes.