The Weird Math of Charitable Gift Annuities

Here's how the wealthy buy lifetime income while giving zip to insurance companies, a pittance to the IRS and--unless they live a very long time--a sizable gift to charity.

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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The direct channel is growing: Cerulli

Cerulli predicts the direct market will grow to close to $5 trillion and will control close to 10% of retail managed accounts assets by 2014, equating to $380 billion.

Millionaire ranks grew by 200,000 in 2011

The total millionaire population in the U.S. has climbed to 8.6 million households, but remains below the pre-recession high in 2007 of 9.2 million.

A.M. Best places Hartford’s ratings under review

The Hartford will place its individual annuity business into run-off effective April 27, 2012, A.M. Best said, and is pursuing other options for certain product lines within its Wealth Management segment, including sales or other strategic alternatives.

Don’t Cut Pensions, Expand Them

This economist at the New School argues that, rather than curtailing public and private pensions, New York and other states could save millions of workers from impending poverty by creating public pensions for everyone.

In Case You Missed the RIIA Conference

This year’s spring conference, held again at Morningstar headquarters in downtown Chicago, may have been RIIA's most substantive, timely and productive to date.