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.

‘Dull’ Investments Shine in a Crisis

Three retirement experts talk about boring products that you might wish you owned right now: I-Bonds, cash value life insurance and annuities.

Turn 401(k)s into Bond Ladders

Franklin Templeton SVP Drew Carrington says his firm's Defined Maturity Funds, which work like bond ladders, could provide retirement income for 401(k) participants, and could be paired with qualified longevity annuity contracts.

An Actuary Assesses COVID-19

A mortality and longevity expert at Willis Towers Watson writes that 'the variability of the mortality impact by age makes the impact highly variable by type of insurer.'
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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.