Executives from major plan providers, including Christine Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement, along with trade group officials and ERISA experts, pitched ideas about in-plan income options at DoL/Treasury Department hearings Tuesday and Wednesday.
Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.
'Insurers can't remain wedded to product sales, which are becoming commoditized in a future that trends toward financial advice,' says industry veteran Michelle Richter, who just launched Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC.
Bond gurus Anne Mathias of Vanguard and Rick Rieder of BlackRock spoke at the Morningstar Investment Conference last week. Emerging markets, real estate debt, and asset-backed securities are potential sources of yield, as are dividend-paying stocks, they said.
Click on the headline to watch a four-minute video of Meir Statman discussing his new book "What Investors Really Want," or to read several brief excerpts from the book itself.
One witness at the DoL/Treasury hearings this week asserted that mandatory annuitization of DC assets at retirement is needed. The government, as well as sponsors and plan providers, have largely ruled that out.
The government “spends” $118 billion a year on tax-deferred accounts whose complexities discourage many people from using them, according to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
At this week’s hearing on in-plan income options, industry executives asked the DoL for several kinds of regulatory relief—especially a safer ‘safe harbor.’
“The automatic annuitization of retirement balances could help workers achieve a steady stream of income that is guaranteed for life,” from The Report on Tax Reform Options, August 2010, issued by The President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
“The fiduciary issue is so daunting that it ends the conversation. Sponsors ask, ‘We’re guaranteeing payments for 30 or 35 years?’ It stops the conversation. It’s a wall.” David Wray, director of the Profit-Sharing/401(k) Council of America, a trade group for plan sponsors.
Bank variable annuity revenue was 16% higher during the first half of 2010 than during the first half of 2009, according to Kehrer-LIMRA
For the third consecutive quarter, GLBs were elected 87% of the time when any GLB is available for purchase. The guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (GLWB) election rate remained at 64%.
New retirees and people who are three to five years from retirement bear the emotional brunt of the financial crisis, according to Ameriprise Financial's New Retirement Mindscape II survey.
With the expansion, Vanguard offers 55 ETFs, including eight new equity funds as well as ETFs targeting the growth and value segments of the S&P 500 Index and multiple segments of the S&P MidCap 400 and SmallCap 600 Indexes.
“This fall promises to be interesting,” said Los Angeles ERISA attorney Fred Reish.