Rate Expectations

At a time when low interest rates are pinching off the annuity industry’s oxygen supply—not to mention starving bond investors and crippling pensions—a Columbia University economist's rationale for raising rates might sound like salvation in certain quarters.

Turn 401(k)s into Bond Ladders

Franklin Templeton SVP Drew Carrington says his firm's Defined Maturity Funds, which work like bond ladders, could provide retirement income for 401(k) participants, and could be paired with qualified longevity annuity contracts.

An Actuary Assesses COVID-19

A mortality and longevity expert at Willis Towers Watson writes that 'the variability of the mortality impact by age makes the impact highly variable by type of insurer.'

At These Rates, Why Bother to Save?

Negative real interest rates have become a disincentive to personal savings, especially among lower-income Americans who will rely heavily on Social Security and Medicaid anyway, this team of economists from Stanford suggests.
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Let’s Face It

Lincoln Financial, Allianz Life, and now Merrill Lynch have dabbled with artificial face-aging to worry people into saving more. It's based on behavioral finance research, but just thinking about this blend of science and commerce gives me grey hair.

Fixed Annuity Sales Stall, but Security Benefit Stands Out

Low rates continue to weigh on fixed annuity sales, the latest Beacon Research Fixed Annuity Premium Study shows. But Beacon CEO Jeremy Alexander said he's encouraged that “a number of carriers are developing new indexed and income annuity products."
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Achaean Financial to partner with InFre

InFRE, a non-profit education foundation devoted to “enhancing the retirement preparedness of the American worker,” will train advisors in the use of Achaean's Retirement Outcome software.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from T. Rowe Price and Invesco.