Eating the Competition’s Lunch

MetLife’s Retirewise program offers hundreds of brown-bag seminars, like the one depicted in this ad, for 401(k) participants at firms where MetLife isn’t the provider.

Turn 401(k)s into Bond Ladders

Franklin Templeton SVP Drew Carrington says his firm's Defined Maturity Funds, which work like bond ladders, could provide retirement income for 401(k) participants, and could be paired with qualified longevity annuity contracts.

An Actuary Assesses COVID-19

A mortality and longevity expert at Willis Towers Watson writes that 'the variability of the mortality impact by age makes the impact highly variable by type of insurer.'

At These Rates, Why Bother to Save?

Negative real interest rates have become a disincentive to personal savings, especially among lower-income Americans who will rely heavily on Social Security and Medicaid anyway, this team of economists from Stanford suggests.
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ING Offers a Simpler, Cheaper Variable Annuity

The contract costs 2.25% a year, including 100 bps for the income rider, 75 bps for the M&E risk fee, and 50 bps for fund management, says Bill Lowe, president of ING Financial Solutions.
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‘What Do You Want 2Retire?’

Merrill Lynch's billboard urges Times Square visitors to send text messages naming the thing they'd most like to “retire.”