With the new FlexChoice guaranteed lifetime withdrawal rider on its flagship variable annuities, MetLife is betting that it can provide Boomers with a competitive income vehicle that's light on capital consumption.
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.
'From eMoney they’re getting the retail and advisor aggregation tool and the client portals; that is, the user experience part, where the industry is playing catch-up with the robo-advisors,' said financial software analyst Joel Bruckenstein.
"I believe that alternative investments—in four broad categories—are areas where people should diversify," said former Jackson National Life executive Clifford Jack in an interview with RIJ. His book, 'Generation Alt,' was published last summer.
In this ongoing new feature, RIJ will ask and answer questions that pertain to retirement advisors and their clients. Our first Q&A concerns Medicaid annuities, which middle-class Baby Boomer couples who face nursing home costs should know about.
My nightmare scenario is that when rates go up, equity prices will fall, and millions of Boomers will wish they'd sold their stocks at the peak and bought income annuities with the proceeds.