Iowa insurance man Curtis Cloke thinks he has solved the "annuity puzzle" by building ladders of deferred income annuities for his clients. Now he and his partners are scaling up his "Thrive" system and taking it national.
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.
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.
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.
The financial world has left the “Harry Markowitz” era where Modern Portfolio Theory and Monte Carlo projections reigned, says Philipp Hensler, CEO of U.S. distribution for DWS Investments.
“If you buy a policy, you the policyholder get some of the upside, and guarantee you always get your premium back.” From a company’s perspective, “that’s poison,” Warren Buffett was quoted as saying.
Longevity insurance has been tough to sell, partly because of conflicts with Required Minimum Distribution rules. But Symetra says it has overcome that hurdle with its enhanced Freedom Income Annuity.