Video: RIJ Editor at The American College

In this video, Retirement Income Journal publisher and editor Kerry Pechter chats with David Littell of The American College about opportunities and challenges that await advisers who choose to specialize in retirement income planning.

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.
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MyRA Defies the Equities-First Rule

Contributions by young workers to President Obama's proposed MyRA accounts go into a government bond fund. Does that policy contradict the conventional wisdom that young people should invest mainly in stocks?

The Active Ingredient

"In the past year or two, we’ve seen the introduction of 80 actively managed ETFs," writes Russell Wild, the author of ETFs for Dummies. "But they have not exactly set the investment world on fire..."
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Popular FIA adds new index crediting method

The new Morgan Stanley Dynamic Allocation Index option on Security Benefit's Secure Income Annuity fixed index annuity offers exposure to a mixture of equity, fixed income and alternative assets that's rebalanced four times a month. It has uncapped crediting.

Schwab introduces all-ETF 401(k) plan

"The real question is whether there is a significant price difference between index funds and ETFs, and will it matter in the small and mid-size market?" commented Fred Barstein of TRAU on the new Schwab offering.

Half of U.S. women fear becoming ‘bag ladies’—Allianz Life

Despite growing confidence among women, “Irrational fears about losing it all and becoming a bag lady remain,” said Katie Libbe, Allianz Life vice president of Consumer Insights, which sponsored the newly released “2013 Women, Money & Power Study."

The federal income tax turned 100 this week

"The need to fund our involvement in World War I moved income taxes to the center of federal finances," the U.S. Census Bureau reported this week, in noting the centenary of the birth of the national tax on earned income.