Political Football

The Dept. of Labor's bid to strengthen the fiduciary standard for advisers to retirement plans and IRAs became a political football. Now the DoL has agreed to revise and "re-propose" its proposal. Was the football fumbled... or stripped?

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.

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?
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Investment Myths Debunked

Rod Greenshields of Russell Investments questioned the value of conventional financial wisdom in a lively presentation at the FPA Experience 2011 conference.
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The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Vanguard, Prudential, AEGON/Transamerica, Celent, Fidelity, GuidedChoice, LPL Financial, Milliman, EagleEye Analytics, Archstone Foundation, and Fidelity.

Cash balance pension for uncovered workers proposed

The Secure Choice Pension would provide retired participants with a guaranteed minimum retirement income, and plan trustees could supplement the benefit with a “dividend” during a strong economy.

Change of government shapes Danish pension reform

Danish political factions are debating limits on early retirement, a ceiling on tax-deferred plan contributions, and a tax on stock transactions to offset the impact of an aging society.

Big 403(b) providers becoming bigger

Fidelity, ING, TIAA-CREF and VALIC continued to solidify their positions in the marketplace, according to a new report on the 403(b) retirement plan market from Retirement Research Inc.

No-Shows at the Trade Show

At the Financial Planning Association Experience 2011 meeting in San Diego last week, a couple of thousand financial advisors were on hand. So why the dearth of exhibits by annuity issuers?