Science, Business, or Something In-Between?

In the retirement income field, research ranges from almost “pure” science to borderline business promotion. It's not always easy to identify the boundary between the two.

Marshmallows and Social Security

Should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then? The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College proposes that strategy as a default option in retirement plans.

How to Choose an Annuity Issuer

Shopping for an annuity, like shopping for a car, involves questions about the manufacturer of the product. Do their products perform as expected? Will service quality be high? Are they likely to stay in business? We show you where to look for answers.

Time to Put Benjamins Back in the Sock Drawer?

At the LIMRA annual conference in Boston earlier this week, MIT economist James Poterba described how low interest rates make saving for retirement more of a challenge.
News

Derivatives lift MetLife in Q4 2011

MetLife reported derivative net gains of $351 million, after tax, which were largely due to declines in interest rates and gains in the company’s variable annuity hedging program.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Capital One, ING Direct, New York Life, Guardian Life, LPL Financial, AXA Advisors, Envestnet, T. Rowe Price and Towers Watson.

It’s Conference Season

The approach of spring brings Grapefruit League baseball, income tax forms and a new parade of retirement industry-related conferences. We've updated our Events calendar just in time for the new season.

Markets Yet to Discount the Discounts

The author of "The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds" and blogger at moslereconomics.com brainstorms about how the showdown over Greek debt might play out.