Take the ‘Gauss’ Work Out of Saving

Using "non-Gaussian" analysis, Jim Otar has created a benchmark for evaluating retirement savings vehicles--and discovered that cautious savers might want to hold fewer equities.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
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Stocks Due for an Upturn, says CRR

Even if GDP growth remains low, corporations can use stock repurchases to boost the growth of their stock prices to match past rates of appreciation, say researchers at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
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China outlines Social Security Fund expansion

The SSF, which was established in 2000 and receives a statutory 10% of the proceeds of all IPOs by Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs), is the largest pension fund investor in China.