The ‘Kosher’ Reverse Mortgage (IV)

A kosher reverse mortgage lender will share what he or she earns when selling the loan by waiving or reducing the borrower's costs, says Wharton emeritus professor Jack Guttentag, aka "the Mortgage Professor." But not all HECM lenders keep kosher.

Tontine Savings Accounts

'While mimicking the high payouts of an actuarially fair variable life annuity, TSAs would cost significantly less than commercial life annuities,' write Forman and Fullmer.

Better than Throwing Darts

'We have all these insurance agents selling billions of dollars of fixed indexed annuities. But they have few clues about how the crediting rates have performed,'' says Kent Jacquay. With his Indexalyzer software, he proposes a solution.

A New Kind of Income Annuity

Achaean Financial and Ash Brokerage, a large Fort Wayne, Ind., BGA, are partnering on a potential retirement game-changer: Achaean's immediate indexed income annuity, couched in Ash's JourneyGuide planning software. The underwriter has yet to be named.
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The Fed’s Risky New Mandate

With the Fed deciding, yet again, to hold rates, their dilemma will only intensify this year: normalize monetary policy in line with domestic fundamentals, or cede to the pressures of global financial markets, writes the Group CEO of GAM Holding and former UBS Wealth Management CIO.

The Latest from an RIJ Competitor

Catch the Spring 2016 edition of The Journal of Retirement for research on Social Security claiming for widows and widowers by Reichenstein and Meyer, for John Turner's discoveries when 'mystery shopping' for a rollover, and much more.
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Most Americans clueless about fees: Hearts & Wallets

'We have a major problem,' said Laura Varas, founder and CEO of Hearts & Wallets, in a release. “Consumers should know what they pay... Regulation has a role, but in the end, there’s no substitute for an informed consumer.'