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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The DoL's January 14 deadline for comments on proposed new rules for target-date fund disclosures has produced a flurry of research, recommendations and opinion about TDFs.
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.
The analysis found that the funded status of global pension plans were 87% at the end of 2010, up slightly from 86% at the beginning of the year.
A DC/DB hybrid plan may be the best solution for employers and employees if employer costs can be controlled, a study by the firm's Asset Servicing division found.
“We continue to believe will realize a profit on their investment in AIG,” said Robert H. Benmosche, AIG president and CEO.
The S&P 500 rose 67% during QE1, the period from March 2009 to March 2010, but fell 13% after the first round of quantitative easing ended.
Late-breaking briefs about AXA Equitable, Prudential Financial, Principal Financial, MassMutual, Securian, TIAA-CREF and FINRA.
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.