Virtually all American retirees already own a pension that's more generous than any retail annuity could ever be: their Social Security benefits. But how much does the entitlement "crowd out" demand for retail annuities? The answers may surprise you.
Annuity issuers want—and need—their products to be included as a matter of course in the model portfolios or asset allocation software tools that more advisors are expected to rely on in the future.
Because corporations have been returning more of their profits over to shareholders and less to workers, especially over the past 30 years, according to authoritative recent research. The implication is that investors' gains have come at the expense of workers, who own little stock.
Catching up with the 'application programming interface' technology train is essential for annuity issuers. APIs integrate annuities into advisor platforms, reduce NIGO applications, and give clients a fluid online experience.
Some researchers believe that the rise of professional couples with two high-powered salaries as a result of 'positive assortative matching" has helped fuel the wealth-concentration that pundits so often write about these days.
A new report from Diversified Services Group, Inc. and Greenwald & Associates offers predictions from 24 industry experts about the shape of the retirement industry ten years from now. It's like a transcript of a high-level brainstorming session.