Either paranoid or perceptive, public pension administrators say they are being sandbagged by a pervasive, persistent stealth effort to convert their DB plans to DC and gain greater control over their collectively immense assets. Maybe they're just observing business as usual.
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?
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.)
This week, RIJ received a press copy of “What Advisors Want from Annuity and Insurer Providers-2019,” a study by Practical Perspectives, a Boxford, MA-based financial services market research firm.
By increasing enrollment, auto-enrollment inevitably increases the number of employees eligible for a matching contribution, if any, and in such cases can drive up employer costs. Something’s got to give in such a situation, writes Barbara Butrica of the Urban Institute
At the RIIA annual conference in Austin, Texas, this week, awards were given to New York Life, Jackson National, JP Morgan Chase, Prudential, Shlomo Benartzi, Wade Pfau and Michael Kitces.
In its annual report on global pensions, Mercer notes that the world is embracing the DC model but still hasn’t figured out how to help participants convert the assets to income.
So far, five giant plan sponsors, including Shell, have joined a group that will advise PensionsEurope, an association of pension associations in 21 European countries.
Philip A. Falcone of Harbinger Capital Management may not exercise control over a New York-licensed insurance company for seven years, by order of the New York Superintendent of Financial Services, Ben Lawsky.