Stock Split

The Wharton School's business professors are divided on whether the time is right to invest in equities. Pension Research Council director Olivia Mitchell has invested her pension in TIPS, while colleague Jeremy (“Stocks for the Long Run”) Siegel remains bullish. Photo: Jeremy Siegel.

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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Too Big to Handle

"Every time the CEO of is forced to resign, the evidence mounts that these organizations have become impossible to manage in a responsible way that generates sustainable value for shareholders and keeps taxpayers out of harm’s way," writes Johnson, an MIT economist.

The Fed’s Exit Strategy

William C. Dudley, president of the New York Fed, spoke at the Oct. 15 meeting of the National Association for Business Economics in Manhattan. In this excerpt from his prepared remarks, he addressed the Fed’s exit strategy from its current low-interest policy.
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Financial Engines cites growth of its Income+ program

Participants who use the Financial Engines managed account program, Professional Management, which costs each participant up to 60 basis points a year depending on account size, do not need to pay extra to use Income+.

New York Life expands retail annuity team

Matt Grove, head of annuities at New York Life, recently alerted his LinkedIn network to two high-level openings in annuities at the big mutual, one in variable annuities and another in strategic planning. The firm's retail annuity team is expanding, he wrote.

Quote of the Week

"Economic management, especially in the United States, would be greatly facilitated if resort could occasionally be had to witchcraft. Monetary policy, by far the most promising possibility, involves none. This every good citizen must regret"--John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (Houghton-Mifflin, 1958), p. 199.