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.

Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021

When will annuities be loved? After all the creative destruction of the past 10 years, what’s next for the annuity industry? Which trends will persist? Which products will flourish? We discuss the trends that Retirement Income Journal expects to cover in 2021 and beyond.

The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities

Fixed deferred annuities may be the most promising candidates for inclusion in 401(k) plans. But in order to adapt these contracts to the defined contribution space, they must lose some of the 'illiquidity' that helps make annuities valuable. Some innovative solutions are now on the market.

Bermuda Triangle Part IV: The Reinsurance Angle

Publicly-held life insurers are using reinsurance to improve their balance sheets. But at what cost? 'I believe that many of these blocks of business are only being funded in part with real assets,' a forensic accountant told RIJ.
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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.”