The climate was ideal, but annuities upstaged sunbathing at the 2012 Retirement Industry Conference at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando last week.
'Many of the decisions presented here are beyond the skills of most pre-retirees and retirees,' writes the author, a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 'They’re going to need help.'
Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.
'Insurers can't remain wedded to product sales, which are becoming commoditized in a future that trends toward financial advice,' says industry veteran Michelle Richter, who just launched Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC.
Instead of tempting the client with a guaranteed rollup in the benefit base every year, Income Focus enhances the withdrawal rate. And, instead of guaranteeing that enhancement, Allianz Life makes it contingent on market gains.
Ford's intended one-time voluntary lump sum offer to most of its salaried retirees by the end of 2013 "appears to be the first such program to specifically target retirees without being part of a broader plan termination," said Towers Watson.
Social Security and Medicare accounted for 36% of federal spending in fiscal 2011, say the program's trustees. Through the mid-2030s, population aging and lower-birth-rate generations entering the workforce will cause costs to grow faster than GDP.
Being in debt can cause stress, and stress can multiply the risk of illnesses as varied as ulcers, depression and heart attacks, the American Psychological Association claims.
Other top-of-mind firms include American Funds, Charles Schwab, Franklin Templeton, T. Rowe Price, TD Ameritrade, and TIAA-CREF. Not far behind are Genworth, John Hancock, MassMutual, MetLife, Nationwide, Northwestern Mutual, New York Life, Prudential, The Hartford, and The Principal, said Phoenix Marketing International.
Genworth CEO resigns, and other brief or late-breaking news from MetLife, Nationstar, The Hartford, Forethought, Jackson National, Prudential International Investments Advisors, Northwestern Mutual, and National Financial Partners, Pentegra Retirement Services and the U.K. Office of National Statistics.
"Life is really quite stochastic in nature." -- Robert O'Donnell, president, Prudential Annuities, addressing the 2012 Retirement Industry Conference in Orlando, April 26.
Here at RIJ, May is the month when we focus on income annuities. Expect to hear a lot about SPIAs, SPIVAs, DIAs, and/or ALDAs over the next several weeks.