Where the Wealth Is

Do you build and wholesale financial products? Cerulli reports that the giant wirehouse channel shrank slightly last year, to the benefit of the fast-growing RIA and dually-registered advisor channels.

Talking Annuities with AIG’s Todd Solash

Solash, who leads AIG's Individual Retirement business, spoke with us about the company's approach to the annuity market. The NAIC recently reported AIG's overall Life and Retirement businesses as having an industry-leading $18.4 billion in sales.

Risks that Can Ruin a Retirement, Part II

In retirement, "risk" can turn from an object of pursuit to an object of avoidance. In the second installment of a two-part article, our guest columnist continues his discussion of financial and other risks that retirees and advisors should anticipate.

Risks That Can Ruin a Retirement

In the first of a two-article series, the retirement expert, author and editor enumerates and describes the many risks that retirees face. (Spoiler alert: Mortality is not one of them.)
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Distribution of Wealth in the U.S.

This video, which has been viewed over four million times on YouTube, shows how the explosive growth of stock market wealth over the past 30 years has changed U.S. financial demographics to a degree that most Americans don't yet grasp.

When the Empire Didn’t Strike Back

Conservative reviewer Hutchinson praises Benn Steil's new book on the 1944 Bretton Woods negotiations, which documents how Britain lost its economic crown jewels at the historic conference in New Hampshire.
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DC fee disclosure has little impact: LIMRA

“The disclosure notices — or the discussion of them — did seem to improve the knowledge of those who believed they didn’t pay any fees or expenses,” said Alison Salka, corporate vice president and director of LIMRA Retirement Research.

Financial tremors shake Poland’s retirement pillars

To help reduce a general budget deficit, the government has had to divert contributions away from the second pillar, a defined contribution plan whose Polish acronym is OFE, to the Pay-As-You-Go first pillar, whose Polish acronym is ZUS.

Western & Southern introduces ‘SmartStep’ fixed annuity

SmartStep offers four years of guaranteed rates: an initial rate set by the company followed by three years of stepped-up rates. At the end of the guarantee period, the contract is credited with an annual renewal rate set by the company.