Lion’s Share

ING U.S. Retirement will combine its own target date funds with the AllianceBernstein three-insurer annuity platform to offer a lifetime income option to its 52,000 small and mid-sized plans.

Thanks-givings (Not Misgivings) about Social Security

This year I'm claiming the Social Security benefits that I've earned on my own work record. I'm old enough now to be truly thankful for Social Security, whose future is precisely as certain, as fair, and as bountiful as we decide it will be.

The Alt-Asset Teams that Reinvent Annuity Companies

'Insurance Solutions' groups use private assets to boost the returns of life/annuity company investment portfolios. RIJ talks with Todd Fonner of Investcorp Insurance Solutions about this trend.

One Life Insurer’s Pivot to Private Assets

American Equity Investment Life’s ‘AEL 2.0’ strategy is designed to help it thrive even in a low yield environment. Allocating up to 40% of its money to ‘private assets’ is key to the fixed annuity specialist's plan.
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The Deleveraging Blues

After a credit boom and bust, we face a long period of spending less and saving more, writes the well-known author and NYU Stern School professor.
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Wirehouses are down but far from out: Cerulli

Although their headcount is down and their images are tarnished, wirehouses remain the kings of investment distribution, according to a report from Cerulli Associates.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking news from Jefferson National, Lincoln Financial, and F-Squared Investments.

The Abandonment of an Ideal

The gulf between the reality of wealth distribution in America and our ideal wealth distribution is what the “one-percent” controversy is really about.