Sounds Like a Plan

A directory of 27 software tools accompanies this overview of the rapidly evolving financial planning technology industry.

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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New York Life resolves itself to a duo

The company reorganized itself into two basic divisions, an Insurance Group run by Chris Blunt and an Investments Group run by John Y. Kim. Kim will succeed Blunt as head of the Retirement Income Security (RIS) business.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Milliman, the Insured Retirement Institute, the Financial Planning Association, the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Fidelity, Swiss Re, Putnam Investments, DTCC, the American Academy of Actuaries, the Society for Human Resource Management, and Ameriprise Financial.

Burton Malkiel Talks About Efficient Markets

In this video sponsored by Vanguard, Burton Malkiel, Princeton professor and author of "A Random Walk Down Wall Street," talks with RIJ editor Kerry Pechter about what "efficient market" means to him. The 10th edition of "A Random Walk" has just been published.

The Red (Ink) Peril

A British Lord, professor emeritus and biographer of John Maynard Keynes explains why government debt is a misused scare tactic.