FIAs Come In From the Cold–Sort Of

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.

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?

Allianz Life’s Index Annuity Winning Streak

In this second article in a four-part series on the fixed index annuity (FIA) business, we profile Allianz Life, the top issuer of FIAs in the US in 18 of the last 19 years. (Image, in Allianz blue, is from an Allianz Life video.)
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Our 401(k) System, in Black and White

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.

RetirePreneur: Laura Varas

'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.'
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Strengthen Social Security now, AAA urges

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.

Public savings plan proposed for private sector workers in CT

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.

ASPPA criticizes two Obama budget proposals

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.

JPMorgan proposes “dynamic decumulation model”

"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.