Jack of Alternatives

"I believe that alternative investments—in four broad categories—are areas where people should diversify," said former Jackson National Life executive Clifford Jack in an interview with RIJ. His book, 'Generation Alt,' was published last summer.

Annuities Aim for Spot in ‘Starting Lineup’

Annuity issuers want—and need—their products to be included as a matter of course in the model portfolios or asset allocation software tools that more advisors are expected to rely on in the future.

Why Are Stocks So High?

Because corporations have been returning more of their profits over to shareholders and less to workers, especially over the past 30 years, according to authoritative recent research. The implication is that investors' gains have come at the expense of workers, who own little stock.

‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities

Catching up with the 'application programming interface' technology train is essential for annuity issuers. APIs integrate annuities into advisor platforms, reduce NIGO applications, and give clients a fluid online experience.
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First Investors launches flexible-premium longevity annuity

“Sales of our single pay deferred income annuity, which we introduced last year, have been three or four times what we projected," said Carol Springsteen, president of First Investors Life, subsidiary of The Independent Order of Foresters.
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About That White House Memo on IRAs

A memo on White House letterhead dated January 13 has rekindled both hopes and fears that the Department of Labor might soon re-propose restrictions on the kinds of transactions that advisors and brokers can recommend to IRA owners.

New issue of The Journal of Retirement published

The Winter edition of the journal includes articles by experts previously cited or quoted in RIJ, including Anna Rappaport, Jodi Strakosch, Sylvester Schieber, and editor Sandy Mackenzie, plus several authors that may be new to RIJ readers.