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.

Who Rules the Top 1%?

Private businesses and partnerships lead most often to the top wealth brackets in the U.S., new research shows. In this edition of Research Roundup, we bring you summaries of research on variable annuity sales, the Fed's response to the March 2020 crash, and more.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?
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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.