A Smarter Form of SWiP

Financial advisor Larry Frank Sr. of Rocklin, Calif., a small town in the arid foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, has fine-tuned the classic 4% "SWiP" approach to drawing down retirement income.

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

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.

Tell Us What You Really Think

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.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

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?
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New Treasury Official Outlines Plans for Retirement Overhaul

J. Mark Iwry spoke to a National Press Foundation group about the Automatic IRA, the Saver's Credit and the R-Bond, which he hopes will work in unison to bring employer-based retirement plans to workers who currently don't have them.

The Longevity Opportunity

Is calling longevity a "risk" the best way to connect with our clients and prospects on this critical and often sensitive issue?, asks the chief operating officer of the Retirement Income Industry Association.
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Top 15-year Fixed Annuity Rate Falls Slightly

Beacon Research has released the names of the top-yielding certificate-type fixed annuities, as of June 15, 2009. The effective yield of Protective Life's 15-year ProSaver Platinum fell to 5.25% from 5.45% over the prior two weeks.