RIIA ‘Gets’ Open Architecture

Few organizations seem to understand the ascendancy of "open architecture" better than the Retirement Income Industry Association, whose mantra is "the view across the silos." Here's a report on its Spring Conference, held this week.

Envestnet’s Big Annuities Play

Envestnet, with the help of six major annuity issuers, has built a platform where advisors from broker-dealers, banks and RIAs can blend insurance products and investments in the same financial plan. It's a service life insurers can't live without. But will RIAs embrace annuities?

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?
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Putnam’s Man with a Plan

Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds called for a new lifetime income regulatory body and announced a decumulation tool for Putnam funds in a speech at the RIIA meeting this week.

RIIA Marks a Few Milestones

The Retirement Income Industry Association, led by Francois Gadenne, has published the third edition of the text for its RMA certification program, and the first issue of The Retirement Management Journal.
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IRIC offers guidance on selecting in-plan GMWB

ERISA experts Fred Reish and Bruce Ashton offer guidelines for fiduciaries who consider offering a guaranteed lifetime income option within employer-sponsored retirement plan.

The Bucket

Late-breaking or short items from Mutual of Omaha, EBRI, Jackson National Life, Nationwide Financial, and Principal Financial.