At the "T3" financial software trade show last week, a pair of robots warmed up the crowd with jokes about the limitations of high-tech planning tools. RIJ visited with reps from three tech firms: RetireUp, AskTRAK and Riskalyze.
We summarize four recent papers: 'Portfolios for Long-Term Investors,' 'What is the Value of Annuities?,' 'Public Economics and Inequality: Uncovering Our Social Nature,' and 'Financial and Total Wealth Inequality with Low Interest Rates.'
How will variable annuity contract owners use their income benefits? That question is vital to annuity issuers and to fiduciary advisers with clients who own VAs. This Texas Dep't of Insurance actuary knows a product that can help them find out.
Bloomberg reported this week that Prudential is considering selling its retirement plan recordkeeping business. Prudential didn't confirm the report, but several industry insiders did. Low interest rates, high costs of IT makeovers, and sticky stable value fund guarantees are driving the move, RIJ was told.
The five new CoRI Funds may appeal to near-retirees who currently have a lot of money in bond funds and are afraid that those funds will lose value as interest rates rise. The funds could, in theory, could protect them from sequence-of-returns risk.
The Fed should adjust its rhetoric and, if necessary, its policies to reflect the fact that its actions disproportionately affect other countries, with repercussions on the US economy, writes the noted UC-Berkeley political economist.
Economist Robert J. Gordon of Northwestern disagrees with the “techno-optimists” who believe that the U.S. is on the cusp of a surge in technological change. He thinks we’re already well into an innovation slowdown.
"Regulatory convergence and complexity are commanding insurer attention and resources. Fragmented economic growth is creating new pockets of growth, while challenging established markets," says Conning's 2014 U.S. and Global Insurance Industry Outlook.
“Advice source consolidation begins three to four years ahead of retirement, heats up during the retirement event and continues the first three to four years of retirement,” said the Boston-area firm's latest study. (Photo: H&W's Laura Varas).
Collective Defined Contribution (CDC), a hybrid of DB and DC with centrally managed assets and a variable income stream, may be the next big thing in the UK retirement industry.
The MetLife-Rothesay deal, still subject to regulatory approval, will move around £3bn (€3.7bn and $5.1 billion) in assets between the insurers.