No Fluke: Income Annuity Sales are for Real

Sales of income annuities may soon breach the $10 billion-a-year barrier. We talked to the Numbers 2 through 5 SPIA sellers in the U.S.: MetLife, MassMutual, Pacific Life (whose symbol is the humpback whale), and Nationwide.

Marshmallows and Social Security

Should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then? The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College proposes that strategy as a default option in retirement plans.

How to Choose an Annuity Issuer

Shopping for an annuity, like shopping for a car, involves questions about the manufacturer of the product. Do their products perform as expected? Will service quality be high? Are they likely to stay in business? We show you where to look for answers.

Time to Put Benjamins Back in the Sock Drawer?

At the LIMRA annual conference in Boston earlier this week, MIT economist James Poterba described how low interest rates make saving for retirement more of a challenge.
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‘We Should All Work To Age 70’

Guest columnist Smorenberg, chairman of the World Pension Summit, says that we should all--individuals, companies and institutions--be planning for a standard retirement age of 70.
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Sun Life ‘nets’ Celtics branding rights

Sun Life’s brand will be featured throughout the Courtside Club, including entry and directional signage, as well as on staff uniforms and courtside tickets and passes required for club admission.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Putnam Investments, Nationwide, Allianz Life, and the SPARK Institute.

Separately managed account inflows rebound in 2012: TrimTabs

“Separate accounts investing in bonds and foreign equities attracted $59 billion and $16 billion, respectively, in the first quarter. In contrast, $48.5 billion flowed out of U.S. equity separate accounts in that period,” said TrimTabs' Minyi Chen.