Have Your Danish, and Eat It Too

A novel retirement plan design, called TimePension (“Tidspension” in Danish) uses a buffer account to smooth out market volatility and ensure a stable income in retirement.

With BluePrint Income, AARP Ups its Ante on Annuity Sales

AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser. 

We Could Use Some Inflation

The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.

Look Homeward, Seeker of Liquidity

During a market crisis, a reverse mortgage home equity line of credit (ReLOC) can be a lifeline of ready cash for homeowners ages 62 and older. Don Graves of HECM Advisors Group explains.
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Introducing: The Journal of Retirement

The Journal of Retirement is a new quarterly publication from Institutional Investor Journals. In this three-minute video-taped interview, editor George 'Sandy' Mackenzie describes the aims of the publication, whose first issue is now available.

A New DC Concept from Denmark

'Smoothed income annuities' represent an entirely new retirement and wealth accumulation strategy for the private and occupational pension markets in the U.S., writes Danish actuary Per Linnemann, Ph.D.
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At Lincoln Financial, the dawn of a brand new DIA

So far, mutual insurers with captive agent forces have dominated the DIA space, so it may be significant that Lincoln, a publicly-held company with a big third-party distribution network, has jumped on the DIA bandwagon.

New York Life releases selected mid-year sales figures

New York Life remains the leading seller of fixed immediate annuities, with 32% of the market for first quarter 2013, and is the leader in sales of deferred income annuities, with 46% of the market for first quarter 2013, according to industry sources.

Quote of the Week

"If, before every action, we were to begin by weighing up the consequences, thinking about them in earnest, first the immediate consequences, then the probable, then the possible, then the imaginable ones, we should never move beyond the point where our first thought brought us to a halt." -- from "Blindness," by Jose Saramago.