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.
For weeks, interesting studies have been gushing from the National Bureau of Economic Research and elsewhere on the economic implications of COVID-19. We've selected and summarized seven of them for you.
AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser.
The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.
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.
Advisors say that clients’ return expectations for 2012 are slightly higher than their own: 4.3% for a conservative portfolio, 6.5% for a balanced one and 9.3% for an aggressive one.
“Financial advisors can expect significant technological and operational challenges to adhere to any new fiduciary standards,” said a co-author of a new whitepaper.
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.
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.
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.
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.