Merrill Lynch’s Intentions are “Clear”

"I want to be careful not to call it a product or a service. It’s an approach,” said David Tyrie, head of Personal Wealth and Retirement at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, in describing Merrill Lynch Clear, a new communication strategy aimed at Boomers.

‘SIMON’ Makes Indexed Annuities Simpler

Originally a platform for distributing structured notes to broker-dealers, SIMON is adding index-linked annuities to its product suite. Prudential is both an investor and, as of today, a product provider.

Annuities and the Charles Schwab Deal

Most of the annuities now on the Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade platforms are offered by mutual or foreign-owned life insurers. Lincoln Financial is the sole exception.
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Annuity Sales Rose 11% in 1Q2014: LIMRA

Despite the growing number of issuers, DIA sales were down 13% from 4Q2013. It was the first quarter-over-quarter decline for sales of DIA products since LIMRA SRI began tracking them. (Downloadable charts included.)

RetirePreneur: Ron Mastrogiovanni

Mastrogiovanni is a founder of HeathView Services, Inc., a Massachusetts-based firm that provides software tools to help plan for healthcare costs in retirement.
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Quote of the Week

"In matters pertaining to religion, it is prudent to err on the side of faith. In financial matters, it is prudent to err on the side of skepticism." -- Anonymous.