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.
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.
In MassMutual's new all-digital deferred income annuity, an adult child is the owner, and receives income when a parent (the annuitant) reaches age 91.
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.
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.
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.
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.