Managed-Vol: Bromide for Queasy Retirees

Managed-volatility funds can adequately address the income volatility worries of many high net worth retirees, say Milliman and Jefferson National, both of whom are pitching such funds.

Drama in Des Moines

Rejecting a takeover bid by Athene and MassMutual, fixed index annuity issuer American Equity will partner with Brookfield Asset Management. The deal releases up to $350m in capital for American Equity, and makes it a 'Bermuda Triangle' player. Photo: AEL headquarters in Des Moines.

The Five Most Important Retirement Income Decisions

'Many of the decisions presented here are beyond the skills of most pre-retirees and retirees,' writes the author, a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 'They’re going to need help.'

A Closer Look at CLOs (and Other U.S. Credit)

Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.
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RetirePreneur: Fred Barstein

The founder of The Retirement Advisor University and author of the NAPA Net newsletter has just finished hosting the NAPA (National Association of Plan Advisors) annual conference in New Orleans.

Video: A Chat with Morningstar’s Retirement Solutions Group

In this seven-minute video, RIJ editor Kerry Pechter interviews Nathan Voris, the large market practice leader, and Jeremy Stempion, the director of investments, of the Retirement Solutions Group of Morningstar Investment Management, a unit of Morningstar Inc.
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