The Best Retirement Research of 2011

What were the most significant decumulation research papers published last year? These ten articles can certainly claim to be among them.

Research Roundup

For weeks, interesting studies have been gushing from the National Bureau of Economic Research and elsewhere on the economic implications of COVID-19. We've selected and summarized seven of them for you.

With BluePrint Income, AARP Ups its Ante on Annuity Sales

AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser. 

We Could Use Some Inflation

The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.
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Vocal reactions to the New 401(k) Rules

Professionals from across the retirement income industry express their views of the DoL/Treasury announcement last week on fee disclosure and annuities.

An Interview with David Wray

Don't expect participants to revolt when they see how high their 401k fees are, and don't expect 12b-1 fees to disappear, said the president of the PSCA. But the problem of 'fee bracket creep' should be fixed by new federal rules.
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The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from the Retirement Income Industry Association, the Defined Contribution Institutional Investors Association, Lincoln Financial, and Prudential Retirement.