At SPARK conference, a Plug for In-Plan Annuities

In touting his firm's LifePath TDF-based deferred income option, Chip Castille of BlackRock emphasized that insurers should position in-plan annuities as retirement income enhancers rather than longevity risk mitigators. (I.e., appeal to greed, not fear.)

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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The Hartford enhances VA suite

The product enhancements are part of a series of investments The Hartford is making in its annuity business in recent months, the company said.
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DC Plans and Deficit Reduction

"A big bulls-eye has been painted on the employer-sponsored defined contribution system," writes the president of the Profit Sharing Council of America.

Wolters Kluwer weighs in on Supreme Court’s Janus decision

In its 5-4 decision on Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivatives Traders, a lawsuit first filed in 2003, the high court held that liability for allegedly misleading statements in Janus' mutual fund prospectuses did not extend to the funds' investment advisers.

The Bucket

Brief and late-breaking items from Vanguard, the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute, Lincoln Financial Group and eRollover.