"By making the final years of life (should they occur) the insurance company’s problem, makes retirement investing feel more manageable,” write Laurence Siegel and Barton Waring in the Financial Analysts Journal.
A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.
Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.
In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.
In this review of "Falling Short," the new book about America's retirement crisis from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, labor economist Teresa Ghilarducci disagrees with the authors' main prescription: working longer and retiring later.
A professor at The American College rebuts last week's RIJ critique of the National Association of Fixed Annuities' letter to the Treasury Dept. The letter asked that qualified indexed annuities, like qualified deferred income annuities, receive relief from required distributions at age 70 1/2.
Long after the financial crisis brought serious ethical lapses at ratings agencies to light, S&P Ratings evidently continued to violate SEC regulations.