The View from Taroko Gorge

Touring this marble-walled canyon, I could see millions of years into Taiwan's geological past and a few years into its demographic future.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
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Red Zone Strategies

Near-retirees who are in Jim Otar's "crowded" Red Zone don't have a lot of options. "Their only choice is annuities," writes the Canadian author/advisor in the concluding chapter of his new book.

An Income Feather in BoA’s Hat

Bank of America’s new service, My Retirement Income, is a revival of a program created at Merrill Lynch in 2006.
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Record Retail Sales at Jackson National

During the first nine months of 2009, Jackson, a subsidiary of the UK's Prudential plc, generated $6.7 billion in VA sales, a 32% increase over the same period of 2008.