In the ‘Green Zone’ with Jim Otar

The Toronto engineer-turned-advisor has self-published an exhaustive new book and launched a refined version of his Retirement Optimizer software.

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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Zone Therapy

"Everything you have read in this book so far guides you in one direction: ignore the popular wisdom and hype. Design your own 'personal' pension for your retirement." So begins Chapter 41 of Jim Otar's book, which is reprinted here.
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AIG and ING Sell Units to Raise Cash

Both firms are divesting major subsidiaries to pay back billions extended to them by the U.S. and Dutch governments, respectively.

Sun Life VA Sales Up 35% At Mid-Year

Sun Life was the fifteenth largest seller of variable annuities in the U.S. in the first half of 2009, with $1.4 billion in sales and a 2.3% share of the VA market.

The Abnormal Is the Norm

Does anyone really coast smoothly into retirement? Not guys like my friend Mark, the brilliant engineer. He married at 40, was laid off at 55, and now, at 62, is scrambling to put two kids through elite private colleges. The abnormal is the new norm.