A Day in the Life of ‘Day One’

To show that Prudential understands retirement and empathizes with retirees, the insurer created a series of warm, image-building ads in which real-life retirees show-and-tell their own stories.(Above, Linda Guthrie.)

How to Choose an Annuity Issuer

Shopping for an annuity, like shopping for a car, involves questions about the manufacturer of the product. Do their products perform as expected? Will service quality be high? Are they likely to stay in business? We show you where to look for answers.

Time to Put Benjamins Back in the Sock Drawer?

At the LIMRA annual conference in Boston earlier this week, MIT economist James Poterba described how low interest rates make saving for retirement more of a challenge.

Pitching Income Annuities on Greed

Speakers Wade Pfau and Curtis Cloke showed planners at the Financial Planning Association's 2019 conference in Minneapolis that income annuities can provide growth as well as protection.

‘Obamacare’ Survives

In making a tie-breaking vote, Chief Justice John Roberts allowed the so-called "individual mandate" of the Affordable Care Act to stand, on the grounds that the penalty for not buying health insurance is a tax, and that Congress has the power to tax.

Plan Sponsors Awaken to Leadership Role

The newest Retirement Planscape report from Cogent Research indicates that sponsors of retirement plans of all sizes are becoming more assertive in making sure their participants will be financially secure later in life.

Poisoned Pensions

Poor investments and rich benefits play a role in state pension underfunding, but they are insignificant compared to the lack of full contributions, writes Chris Tobe. SEC and the ratings agencies have neglected deliberate underfunding of the plans, he says.

My New Baseball Cap

Jeremy Grantham and William Bernstein spoke at the Morningstar Investment Conference, and Morningstar handed out a recent study in which its analysts compared five different retirement withdrawal strategies--and chose the most efficient.