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.

Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021

When will annuities be loved? After all the creative destruction of the past 10 years, what’s next for the annuity industry? Which trends will persist? Which products will flourish? We discuss the trends that Retirement Income Journal expects to cover in 2021 and beyond.

The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities

Fixed deferred annuities may be the most promising candidates for inclusion in 401(k) plans. But in order to adapt these contracts to the defined contribution space, they must lose some of the 'illiquidity' that helps make annuities valuable. Some innovative solutions are now on the market.

Bermuda Triangle Part IV: The Reinsurance Angle

Publicly-held life insurers are using reinsurance to improve their balance sheets. But at what cost? 'I believe that many of these blocks of business are only being funded in part with real assets,' a forensic accountant told RIJ.
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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).