In this first of a series of RIJ articles on the evolution of fixed indexed annuities, you’ll hear from people at three broker-dealers: One who embraces them, one who still avoids them and one who sells them with mixed feelings.
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.
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?
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.)
Bloomberg and Strategic Insights gave two opposing views of defined contribution plans in separate reports in recent weeks. Bloomberg reporters called DC plan sponsors stingy. Strategic Insights, in a broader survey, found an opposite trend.
'To me, retirement is the most interesting area of finance because it’s about how we live our lives,' says Hearts & Wallets consultant Laura Varas. 'We should give people the freedom to plan, and then give them guidelines that make it safe for them.'
In a new white paper, the American Academy of Actuaries has reiterated its recommendation that the Social Security program be put on a permanently solid financial footing, but did not rule out the use of individual accounts.
The standard Medicare Part B premium is $1,258.80 a year and covers about 25% percent of Part B program costs, according to a new AARP Fact Sheet. People with higher incomes pay $1,762.80 to $4,028.40 a year for part B.
Following the lead of groups in California and a few other states, labor organizations in Connecticut are backing legislation to create a public, IRA-based retirement plan for workers in companies without plans. A hearing on the bill was set for Tuesday in Hartford.
As if he relishes poking Brian Graff in the eye, President Obama included two elements in his 2015 budget proposal that especially irk the CEO and executive director of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries.
"Greater lifetime income, through Social Security, pensions and/or lifetime annuities, allows individuals to increase both their withdrawal rates and equity allocations," says the adviser to individuals, institutions and financial intermediaries.