GM Adds Hueler’s Income Solutions to its DC Plan

GM closed its defined benefit plan in 2012. Its 401(k) provider is Fidelity. To offer its DC plan participants an option to roll over part of their savings to an income annuity at retirement, it chose Hueler's Income Solutions Annuity Marketplace, an online annuity purchasing platform.

Annuities and the Charles Schwab Deal

Most of the annuities now on the Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade platforms are offered by mutual or foreign-owned life insures. Lincoln Financial is the sole exception.

Marshmallows and Social Security

Should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then? The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College proposes that strategy as a default option in retirement plans.
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Managed-Payout Funds vs. Annuities: Who Wins?

Managed payout funds may fail if the client lives too long. Life annuities overcome that problem, but lack sufficient flexibility. 'The best results can be obtained by combining SPIAs and flexible withdrawals,' writes the author, an actuary and financial planner.

Maximum Withdrawal Rate: A Historical Perspective

We obsess about safe withdrawal rates. But the developer of the "7Twelve Portfolio" shows that anyone retiring from 1970 to 1990 would have vastly underspent by using the '4% rule.' He suggests that excess caution can be as much a hazard as excess spending.
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Traits of “leading” life/annuity issuers: Conning

In the 2015 edition of an annual report, Conning named 20 life/annuity specialists for superior performance, based on their operating margin, return on surplus, premium growth, sales and other metrics.