Spiritual Advisor

Good advisors think of themselves as healers, in a way. Larry Ford takes that concept to a new level. Has he totally lost his mind, or is he onto something?

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.)

What Advisors Want from Annuity Issuers

This week, RIJ received a press copy of “What Advisors Want from Annuity and Insurer Providers-2019,” a study by Practical Perspectives, a Boxford, MA-based financial services market research firm.
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The Variable Annuity Market in Five Acts

Actuary Timothy Paris, CEO of Ruark Insurance Advisors, Inc., charts the evolution of the variable annuity product and its market in this article, which first appeared as a blogpost on the Society of Actuaries' Riskpertise site.

Will Boomer Retirement Melt the Markets?

An editor at IPE.com says decumulation by Boomers won't spell disaster for the equity and bond markets--thanks in part to inequality. "The wealthiest 1% of US baby boomers own almost one-third of the cohort’s financial assets (and can live off the income without selling)," he writes.
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Partial lump-sum payouts for Social Security?

Researchers suggest that instead of giving Americans increasingly higher monthly benefit for waiting past age 62 to claim benefits (to a maximum age of 70), the Social Security Administration might present the premium for delay as a lump sum.

Lower-income 60-somethings are raiding their IRAs

Among households ages 71 to 80, those whose withdrawals exceeded the RMD amount were withdrawing more than twice as much, proportionately, as did those who withdrew the minimum required amount.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Northwestern Mutual and Jackson National Life.