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.

BlackRock Makes a Bundle (with Annuities)

BlackRock, the giant asset manager, is adding a lifetime income dimension to its LifePath target date funds by partnering with Brighthouse, Equitable and Voya on a service that will help 401(k) participants buy individual immediate annuities at retirement.

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. 
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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.