Luck of the Draw

In this second installment of our series on retirement risks, we examine sequence-of-returns risk: what it is, what it can cost, and how best to deal with it.

‘Smart,’ from UK, Enters the US PEP Market

'Smart' is the recently-launched American branch of a British fintech with expertise in a kind of retirement savings plan that's called a 'master trust' in the UK and a 'pooled employer plan' or PEP in the US. RIJ interviewed two of its top executives.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.
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Wanted: Iconoclasts

"Like the 8th-century Byzantine church, the nexus of Washington and Wall Street has grown corrupt," says Hutchinson, who writes the Bear's Lair column at PrudentBear.com, where this article first appeared.

Letting the GLWB Out of Its Cage

The "Ruin-Contingent Life Annuity" proposed by Moshe Milevsky's QWeMA Group would liberate the guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit from the confines of variable annuities and separately-managed accounts.
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Allotted $700 Billion, TARP May Cost Far Less

Democrats plan to divert about $70 billion from what is left in the bailout fund to construction projects, credit to small businesses and aid to state and local governments.