Where to Get Old Variable Annuities Appraised

Advisor Mark Cortazzo’s new business, Annuity Review, is aimed at alerting VA owners to the hidden value in contracts that they might otherwise surrender or misuse.

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?

Allianz Life’s Index Annuity Winning Streak

In this second article in a four-part series on the fixed index annuity (FIA) business, we profile Allianz Life, the top issuer of FIAs in the US in 18 of the last 19 years. (Image, in Allianz blue, is from an Allianz Life video.)
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RetiremEntrepreneur: Mark Cortazzo

In seven brief video clips, financial advisor Mark Cortazzo of MACRO Consulting Group talks about his new venture, Annuity Review, which helps investors and advisors evaluate in-force variable annuity contracts whose value they may not fully understand or appreciate.

Consensus? Not in Washington

The IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory conference last month had to be a downer for anyone who still naively hoped that the retirement industry and of the government might find constructive solutions to the problems that bedevil Boomer retirement.
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Sen. Hatch hatches a retirement overhaul proposal

Under the Utah Republican's new proposal, state and local governments could use private annuity issuers as pension providers, small employers could sponsor low-maintenance "Starter 401(k)s" and the DoL would not be able to enact a fiduciary rule for plan advisors.

Based on consumption gains, poverty in America has fallen

Have liberal efforts to reduce poverty worked or failed? Are Americans richer than inequality hawks maintain? A new paper shows that poverty in the U.S. has declined over the past half-century if you measure wealth by consumption levels, not income levels.

NEST will lose its restrictions in 2017, not 2014

NEST is the UK's “public option” workplace retirement plan. It's intended to help solve a problem that the U.S. also faces: insufficient access to employer-sponsored retirement savings plans, especially among people who work at small companies, have modest incomes and belong to ethnic minority groups.