Can Retirees “Thrive” On Deferred Income Annuities?

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.

‘Smart,’ from UK, Enters the US PEP Market

'Smart' is the recently-launched American branch of a British fintech with expertise in a kind of retirement savings plan that's called a 'master trust' in the UK and a 'pooled employer plan' or PEP in the US. RIJ interviewed two of its top executives.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.
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The Sage of Omaha Says GLWBs Were “Crazy”

“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.

Symetra Solves An RMD Problem

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.