Seeing the potential for inflation ahead, analysts now recommend inflation-protected Treasuries, or TIPS, more strongly than ever. But 401(k) participants buy few TIPs, and not every plan offers them.
Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.
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.
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?
Steve Sass and his co-researchers at Boston College were surprised to find no employers making plans to accommodate workers who can't afford to retire and want to remain on the job past the customary retirement age.
This up-to-date "Periodic Table of Returns" shows that in financial markets, what goes up always comes down, and vice-versa.
The sticking point in previous talks between AIG and MetLife was price. AIG reportedly demanded $20 billion, which was more than MetLife was willing to pay.
The ERISA Advisory Council will look into the adequacy of disclosures to participants about stable value funds, and review the possible designation of stable value funds as QDIAs in 401(k) plans.
Under the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency Act of 2009, the new agency would regulate the 14,000 investment advisory firms overseen by state securities regulators.
The burst of interest in the pop legend's music following his unexpected death has benefited owners of his songs, including ABP, the world's third largest pension fund.
This time, indexed annuity sellers were not among the accused.
Average credited rates for 5-year, CD-type/rate-for-term annuities in Beacon's Fixed Annuity Index were 3.45% in April, 3.21% in May and 3.16% in June.
Lori A. Richards will depart as director of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. Associate Director-Chief Counsel John Walsh will serve as Acting Director.