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.

Annuities and the Charles Schwab Deal

Most of the annuities now on the Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade platforms are offered by mutual or foreign-owned life insurers. Lincoln Financial is the sole exception.

Marshmallows and Social Security

Should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then? The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College proposes that strategy as a default option in retirement plans.
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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.