Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.
'Let’s put both affordability and solvency concerns to rest: the question is never whether Uncle Sam can spend more, but should he spend more,' writes our guest columnist Randall Wray of the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College.
I-bonds now offer 7.12% return; A great year for life insurer stocks: WSJ; AllianzIM issues new iteration of its buffered outcome ETF; Funding levels of large pensions rose in 2021: Mercer; Vanguard reduces fees on bond ETFs and other funds; AM Best upgrades Guggenheim Life and Annuity; Venerable appoints new chief actuary, Parul Bhatia; SmartAsset launches TV ads.
Don't let the pundits confuse you into trading your retirement parachute for paper. We need Social Security AND employer-sponsored retirement savings plans.
Bermuda Triangle News
Fortitude Re, a reinsurer backed by The Carlyle Group, a $276 billion private equity firm, is completing its annuity-reinsurance-asset management strategy. Midwest Holdings' life insurer, American Life, has launched a new indexed annuity pegged to an 'ESG' index.