Illinois Mandates Workplace Retirement Plans

Private-sector employers in Illinois with 25 or more full-time employees have to offer access to a retirement plan by June 1, 2017 or face penalties. Illinois state senator Daniel Biss, above, co-sponsored the Secure Choice Savings Program Act.

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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The Fed Sets Another Trap

"The Fed’s incrementalism of 2004-2006 was a policy blunder of epic proportions... The Fed seems poised to make a similar – and possibly even more serious – misstep in the current environment," writes the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.

Illinois Mandates Workplace Retirement Plans

Private-sector employers in Illinois with 25 or more full-time employees have to offer access to a retirement plan by June 1, 2017 or face penalties. Illinois state senator Daniel Biss, above, co-sponsored the Secure Choice Savings Program Act.

High Valuations Carry a Cost: Prudential

"When rates rise, something always breaks. There’s no telling what asset class may start the ball rolling, but it can’t come as a surprise," said Quincy Krosby, a Prudential market strategist, at the firm's 2015 Global Economic and Retirement Outlook presentation.

U.S. seeks public comment on asset management risks

The Financial Security Oversight Council has decided to undertake a "more focused analysis of industry-wide products and activities to assess potential risks associated with the asset management industry."