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.

Research Roundup

We summarize four recent papers: 'Portfolios for Long-Term Investors,' 'What is the Value of Annuities?,' 'Public Economics and Inequality: Uncovering Our Social Nature,' and 'Financial and Total Wealth Inequality with Low Interest Rates.'

An Annuity’s ‘Moneyness’? There’s an App for That

How will variable annuity contract owners use their income benefits? That question is vital to annuity issuers and to fiduciary advisers with clients who own VAs. This Texas Dep't of Insurance actuary knows a product that can help them find out.

A Chip Off the Old Rock?

Bloomberg reported this week that Prudential is considering selling its retirement plan recordkeeping business. Prudential didn't confirm the report, but several industry insiders did. Low interest rates, high costs of IT makeovers, and sticky stable value fund guarantees are driving the move, RIJ was told.
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"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."