They’re Relatively Well-Off

The median annual income for people over age 65 in the United States is only $18,000, including public assistance and financial help from friends and family. The average—skewed upward by the highest incomes—is almost $29,000.

Beware the ‘Specialized’ ETFs

In this month's Research Roundup, RIJ shares four recent academic papers on the proliferation of ETFs, the danger (or not) of national debt, rational inflation expectations, and the impact of recent changes in RMD rules.

Jackson National Puts Its Future in Veteran Hands

Laura Prieskorn (left) and Marcia Wadsten are the new CEO and CFO of Jackson National Life. The leading seller of variable annuities in the US is in the process of demerging from its long-time British owner, Prudential plc.

Which ‘Dependency Ratio’ Should We Use?

Economists typically use the 'aged dependency ratio' to show the burden of the Social Security program on workers. But the 'total dependency ratio' might be more informative. (Photo by Johann Walter Bantz.)
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Reish & Reicher Comment on TDF Proposals

“We expect that the SEC proposals will be adopted much as proposed," says Fred Reish, the well-known ERISA lawyer. But a TDF expert says plan fiduciaries should do more than merely comply with them.
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A Dynamic Approach to Sequence Risk

A new scholarly claims that sequence risk demands attention throughout retirement, not just during the years immediately before and after the retirement date.

RIJ Takes a Holiday

Retirement Income Journal will not be published July 28. The next issue will appear August 4, 2010.

TDF Demographics Revealed

The share of all 401(k) plan participants using TDFs increased from 25% in 2007 to 31% in 2008, a new study from the Employee Benefits Research Institute shows.

ASPPA Supports DOL-Mandated Fee Disclosure


Over time, the fees and expenses charged to DC plan accounts can take a substantial bite out of retirees’ retirement savings, said the CEO of the plan sponsor advisers and actuaries group.

Retirement Planning CE Course Offered

"Planning for retirement can involve multitudes of subjects. As individuals gain knowledge on the value of annuities, they will understand the benefit of this product," Quest CE said in a release.