Goldman Touches the FIA Market

A Bermuda domicile is just one of Global Atlantic Financial Group's competitive edges. Last week, the former Goldman Sachs Reinsurance Group added Forethought, which markets variable, fixed and fixed indexed annuities, to its stable of insurance businesses, which includes Commonwealth Annuity.

‘Smart,’ from UK, Enters the US PEP Market

'Smart' is the recently-launched American branch of a British fintech with expertise in a kind of retirement savings plan that's called a 'master trust' in the UK and a 'pooled employer plan' or PEP in the US. RIJ interviewed two of its top executives.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.
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Shedding Light on Shadow Reinsurance

New research from the London Business School and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis adds detail to the use of "shadow reinsurance" by life insurers, a practice that frees up reserves but reduces transparency and may drive up risk.
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International Paper settles 401(k) fee case for $30 million

In addition to the payment of $30 million, the settlement requires International Paper’s 401(k) plans to be monitored for four years and requires the company to put its recordkeeping out for bids, the release added.

Inflation or deflation? It’s a toss-up

It's hard to say whether the combination of aging populations, low interest rates and high government debt will lead to deflation or inflation, says AXA Investment Managers. But in the short term they recommend a higher equity allocation, according to a report at IPE.com.

Don’t underestimate the (well-educated) older worker, economist says

The old folks are alright. Older workers (60-74) evidently won't dilute the nation's productivity by staying in the labor force, says a Brookings Institution economist, because only the most productive older workers hang in there. In fact, well-educated older workers have never had it so good.