Stocks are like a passing offense and bonds, arguably, are more like a running game. In a new article, Morningstar’s David Blanchett writes that most retirees would be better off raising their allocation to bonds during retirement than raising their allocation to stocks.
Three retirement experts talk about boring products that you might wish you owned right now: I-Bonds, cash value life insurance and annuities.
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.
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.'
Effective tax reform will undoubtedly require some difficult compromises. In this opinion piece, retirement expert Gene Steuerle of the Urban Institute describes a potential trade-off that is bound to might make some cheer and others wince.
The argument over whether there should be a fiduciary standard or a suitability standard misses the point. This is about the cost of distribution, not about ethics.
Though several of these proposals have been rejected or ignored by Congress in the past and may be ignored again, President Obama included a number of items in his 2016 budget request that could, if enacted, dramatically impact the retirement industry.