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.

‘SIMON’ Makes Indexed Annuities Simpler

Originally a platform for distributing structured notes to broker-dealers, SIMON is adding index-linked annuities to its product suite. Prudential is both an investor and, as of today, a product provider.

Annuities and the Charles Schwab Deal

Most of the annuities now on the Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade platforms are offered by mutual or foreign-owned life insurers. Lincoln Financial is the sole exception.
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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.