The Annuity That Pays for Itself

The deferred income annuity, aka longevity insurance, is favored by academics and is mandatory in Germany and Singapore. Here's a compelling new way to explain its value to clients, courtesy of widely-known pension economists.

Beware the ‘Specialized’ ETFs

In this month's Research Roundup, RIJ shares four recent academic papers on the proliferation of ETFs, the danger (or not) of national debt, rational inflation expectations, and the impact of recent changes in RMD rules.

Jackson National Puts Its Future in Veteran Hands

Laura Prieskorn (left) and Marcia Wadsten are the new CEO and CFO of Jackson National Life. The leading seller of variable annuities in the US is in the process of demerging from its long-time British owner, Prudential plc.

Which ‘Dependency Ratio’ Should We Use?

Economists typically use the 'aged dependency ratio' to show the burden of the Social Security program on workers. But the 'total dependency ratio' might be more informative. (Photo by Johann Walter Bantz.)

A Tale of Two Tax Plans

As explained by our guest columnist, a senior fellow at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center at the Urban Institute, Trump's tax policy would echo supply-side solutions of the past while Clinton's tax philosophy echoes Obama's.

Retiring (Temporarily) to Paradise

An old friend who retired early to a hacienda by the sea in Nicaragua sent me an e-mail recently, responding to my question about his life there. His answer wasn't exactly what I expected, but it made perfect sense.