A Death in the Family, Part I

For the very old and their families, preservation of life often competes with preservation of finances. Here's how one California family coped with an elderly mother's death. (The first of two parts.)

Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021

When will annuities be loved? After all the creative destruction of the past 10 years, what’s next for the annuity industry? Which trends will persist? Which products will flourish? We discuss the trends that Retirement Income Journal expects to cover in 2021 and beyond.

The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities

Fixed deferred annuities may be the most promising candidates for inclusion in 401(k) plans. But in order to adapt these contracts to the defined contribution space, they must lose some of the 'illiquidity' that helps make annuities valuable. Some innovative solutions are now on the market.

Bermuda Triangle Part IV: The Reinsurance Angle

Publicly-held life insurers are using reinsurance to improve their balance sheets. But at what cost? 'I believe that many of these blocks of business are only being funded in part with real assets,' a forensic accountant told RIJ.
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BMO Offers Non-Insured Lifetime Income Product

The Bank of Montreal's Lifetime Cash Flow product pays out 6% of principal per year for life after a 10-year deferral period. After-tax principal is paid out tax-free for 15 years, followed by taxable payments.
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Most Investors Understand TDFs: Vanguard

But Vanguard's newly published survey also showed that only 62% of its DC plan participants who own TDFs have heard of a TDF, and only 24% know that the asset allocation changes after the target date.

U.S. Treasury now owns AIG

“We continue to believe will realize a profit on their investment in AIG,” said Robert H. Benmosche, AIG president and CEO.

The Bucket

Late-breaking briefs about AXA Equitable, Prudential Financial, Principal Financial, MassMutual, Securian, TIAA-CREF and FINRA.

The 800-pound Irony of TDFs

The DoL wants TDF managers to disclose more information to plan participants. But the real problem may lie with plan fiduciaries, and current TDF designs.