Probing the Minds of Advisers

Manufacturers trying to build retirement income solutions for advisers face the fact that advisers vary widely in their approaches to retirement planning, says Howard Schneider of Practical Perspectives, which has co-produced a new survey with GDC Research.

Turn 401(k)s into Bond Ladders

Franklin Templeton SVP Drew Carrington says his firm's Defined Maturity Funds, which work like bond ladders, could provide retirement income for 401(k) participants, and could be paired with qualified longevity annuity contracts.

An Actuary Assesses COVID-19

A mortality and longevity expert at Willis Towers Watson writes that 'the variability of the mortality impact by age makes the impact highly variable by type of insurer.'

At These Rates, Why Bother to Save?

Negative real interest rates have become a disincentive to personal savings, especially among lower-income Americans who will rely heavily on Social Security and Medicaid anyway, this team of economists from Stanford suggests.
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RetiremEntrepreneur: Borden Ayers

Borden Ayers is creator of the Retirement Management Executive Forum, a unit of Diversified Services Group in Philadelphia. The RMEF hosts meetings where executives from 33 select retirement companies "share insights, successes and obstacles."

The Equities Outlook for 2014

Even though stock prices have surged, both dividends and earnings have kept pace. Prices therefore appear to be reasonable going into 2014, according Ron Surz, who analyzes the markets from San Clemente, Calif. Check out these fabulous charts and heat maps.
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The latest 401(k) stats from EBRI

At year-end 2012, 15% of the assets in the EBRI/ICI 401(k) database were invested in target-date funds and 41% of 401(k) participants in the database held target-date funds.

Equity funds gain record $352bn; bond funds lose record $86bn

“The Fed finally succeeded last year in its long-running campaign to coax fund investors to speculate. The ‘great rotation’ that some market strategists long anticipated is under way,” said Davd Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs Investment Research.

Private pension funding level rises 18 points in 2013

Public defined plans, endowments and foundations benefited in December from the equity rally as well as their holdings in private equity, according to BNY Mellon’s Investment Strategy & Solutions Group (ISSG).