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.

The Five Most Important Retirement Income Decisions

'Many of the decisions presented here are beyond the skills of most pre-retirees and retirees,' writes the author, a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 'They’re going to need help.'

A Closer Look at CLOs (and Other U.S. Credit)

Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.

She’s Got Advice for Life Insurers

'Insurers can't remain wedded to product sales, which are becoming commoditized in a future that trends toward financial advice,' says industry veteran Michelle Richter, who just launched Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC.
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.