Profits, Politics and the Ruin of Fannie & Freddie

Here is the first of three excerpts from "Guaranteed to Fail: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Debacle of Mortgage Finance," the compact, illuminating new book by four NYU Stern School of Business professors about the fatally flawed structure of the GSEs.

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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When Herds Get Overconfident, Run for Cover

Steve Utkus of the Vanguard Retirement Research Center proposes a four-part model to explain the psychological dynamics behind the most recent financial bubble, and similar bubbles.
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Events that may interest you

The Retirement Industry Conference is coming up soon, to be followed by several other events that RIJ readers might want to attend.

Did Income Inequality Cause the Crisis?

Those with surplus money naturally lend to those who need money. But, as two IMF experts show, disaster can occur when too much money is lent for consumption and the process goes on too long.

State pension reform may undermine Britain’s DB plans

Britain's plan to simplify the state pension to a single-tier plan could hurt private DB plans by ending "contracting-out," the practice of substituting contributions to a private plan for contributions to the second state plan.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Janus, ING, AXA Equitable Life, Morningstar, eRollover, Curian Capital and TrimTabs.