Selling Income Annuities on Greed, Not Fear

Iowa advisor Curtis Cloke claims that his 'Thrive” system,' which finances retirement with period certain, cash-refund deferred income annuities, offers safety without sacrificing upside. He's one of RIJ's 'RetiremEntrepreneurs.'

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?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)

Occupy QE

The Fed is relying on the 'wealth effect' – brought about largely by increasing equity and home prices – as its principal transmission mechanism for stabilization policy. There are serious problems with this approach, writes the former chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia.

An Old Argument for Annuities, Made New

The Thrive Income Distribution System takes an ancient annuity marketing pitch and dresses it up well enough to appeal to high net worth clients who otherwise might not spend five minutes looking at an income annuity.

Three percent GDP growth for next three years: BNY Mellon

The Fed will fall “behind the curve” in its monetary policy, creating pressure for a major upward spike in interest rates in 2017 or 2018, following the Presidential election of 2016, predicts economist Richard B. Hoey.

Fidelity to raise equity allocations in target date funds

Fidelity is the largest provider of target date funds with more than $170 billion under management on behalf of approximately 6.5 million investors in its Fidelity Freedom Funds product line (Fidelity, Fidelity Advisor, Fidelity Index and VIP).