Putnam, A Work in Progress

With the announcement of a retirement research center, Putnam Investments joins the "thought-leadership" game. It's all part of CEO Bob Reynolds' campaign to rebuild a tarnished brand--and to change the way America saves.

Examining the Indices in Index-Linked Annuities

A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.

The Point of Indexing (in Annuities)

Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.

The Irony of Inflation Forecasting (Research Roundup)

In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.

Eleven Million Millionaires Worldwide

About 40,000 Americans have investable assets of $30 million or more, according to the 15th annual World Wealth Report from Merrill Lynch and Capgemini.

SEC “starved of resources”: New Yorker

"The market has become more of an exclusive gambling club for the very rich than a level playing field open to the ordinary investor," wrote journalist George Packer.

Mind the [Retirement] Gap

Of those who expect to need 75%-100% of their pre-retirement salary in retirement, less than a third had enough savings to generate this income, according to J. P. Morgan's .

Things Heard and Overheard

Here's a follow-up on our earlier report on the recent SPARK conference, with more news and comment about DoL enforcement strategy, the threat to the tax deferral for savings, and what might happen when participants see how much their plans cost.