A Liquidity Option for DIAs?

The desirability and feasibility of allowing owners of deferred income annuities to convert income streams to lump sums was discussed at the American Law Institute's Continuing Legal Education Conference on Life Insurance Company Products in November.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
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A Guide that Perplexes

“An annuity is a contract with an insurance company.” Sadly, many texts about annuities begin this way. You might as well describe marriage to teenagers as “a legal contract between two people of the same or opposite genders.”

FINRA Talks a Good Game, Part II

FINRA Regulatory Notice 13-45, on the heels of the FINRA Conflict of Interest report, may be its way of telling the DoL that FINRA can make the suitability standard work, and that broker-dealers don't need a DoL fiduciary standard.
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For those 65+, work and wealth are linked

The largest single source of income for Americans ages 65 and over, as a group, is earned income, according to a study by AARP based on recent U.S. Census data. In 2012, almost 22 percent of older Americans had earnings.