The Income Expert

In this video, Mark J. Warshawsky, director of Retirement Research at Towers Watson, discusses his new book, Retirement Income (MIT Press, 2012) with RIJ editor Kerry Pechter. Their conversation focuses on the author's recommended strategy of buying a series of immediate annuities during retirement.

Annuities Aim for Spot in ‘Starting Lineup’

Annuity issuers want—and need—their products to be included as a matter of course in the model portfolios or asset allocation software tools that more advisors are expected to rely on in the future.

Why Are Stocks So High?

Because corporations have been returning more of their profits over to shareholders and less to workers, especially over the past 30 years, according to authoritative recent research. The implication is that investors' gains have come at the expense of workers, who own little stock.

‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities

Catching up with the 'application programming interface' technology train is essential for annuity issuers. APIs integrate annuities into advisor platforms, reduce NIGO applications, and give clients a fluid online experience.
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Weiss Ratings names its favorite VAs

Gavin Magor of Weiss Ratings has selected what he calls the nine best variable annuity contracts. His criteria? Low fees, no front-end loads, no surrender charges and a solid investment portfolio.

Middle-income Boomers ignorant of Medicare: Bankers Life

Although Boomers cite uncovered healthcare expenses (80%) and becoming ill (74%) as their top financial concerns about retirement, many appear to be taking a “learn as you go” approach to understanding Medicare’s coverage and costs.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from LPL, McCamish Systems, Ebix, Allianz Life, Fidelity, Lincoln Financial and Mutual of Omaha.

$300 Billion, Up for Grabs

Cogent Research's new 2012 Assets in Motion study can help you understand and benefit from the rising flow of money from qualified plans to rollover IRAs.

Indexed Annuities, Unbundled

Lower prevailing interest rates have led to unbundling of indexed annuity features and, as a result, greater transparency.