The Strongest Financial Brands Are…

In Cogent Research's Investor Brandscape 2010 survey, Vanguard, Charles Schwab and TIAA-CREF earned top honors for brand strength. But many affluent investors are mistrustful of the financial industry and uncertain about the future.

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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Heard On The Grapevine

An all-star group of RIIA members engaged in a spontaneous online debate about 'time-segmentation' bucket methods. Here’s what they said.

Employer Match Strikes a Hot Debate

Academic and industry researchers clashed over methodology, but they appear to agree that auto-enrollment in 401(k) plans might have unintended consequences on the employer matching contribution.
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Bank Annuity Fee Income Rose 12.9% in 3Qtr 2009

Through September 30, 2009, bank holding companies earned $2 billion from the sale of annuities, a 2.5% increase over the first nine months of 2008, according to the Michael White-ABIA Bank Annuity Fee Income Report.

Obama Praises Annuities, In Principle

His endorsement thrilled the Insured Retirement Institute, but a conservative talk radio host said the President wants to nationalize Americans' savings.

Sun Life, Miami Dolphins in Stadium Pact

Sun Life Stadium is now the name of the home of the Miami Dolphins, the University of Miami Hurricanes, the Florida Marlins, and the FedEx Orange Bowl. It will host this year's Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.