Are Most Glide Paths Upside Down?

Investing in equities early in the lifecycle, when balances are low, offers little advantage and may even discourage young investors who suffer losses. So says one of the studies in this roundup of recent retirement research.

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.

Only 10% of Americans ‘very satisfied’ with financial situation

If you add up the people who have a retirement plan but don't participate with the unemployed and the people who have no workplace plan, 68% of adults aged 25-64 did not participate in a plan. So says a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.

RetirePreneur: Matt Carey

Matt Carey is the CEO and co-founder of Abaris Financial (, a direct-to-consumer online platform for income annuities.

Quote of the Week

“We’re not doing anything really fancy or sexy, it’s really basic stuff. The fund business is so different than banking. One, it is an agency business so you as an investor in a fund take all the risk. We take no risk. Banks have a proprietary business model, they’re taking client risk, which is completely different” – Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb, in explaining to the Financial Times this week why asset managers like Vanguard, Fidelity, BlackRock and PIMCO are not systemically important financial institutions, despite their huge bond AUM.