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Annuities, IRAs and other retirement game-changers

Annuities, IRAs and other retirement game-changersNews from MarketWatch: Just climb out from under a rock? No worries, we got you covered, so to speak. Here’s a look back at some of the major retirement-related news that occurred in 2014. myRA In January, the federal government announced plans to create a new kind of retirement account [...]

Affluent Prefer Cash Over Annuities

Affluent Prefer Cash Over AnnuitiesNews from Insurance News Net: By Linda KocoAnnuityNews A “somewhat surprising” trend in annuity ownership among affluent investors declined in 2014 to 33 percent from 36 percent last year, according to Julia Johnston-Ketterer. Meanwhile, ownership of cash rose to 83 percent in 2014 from 78 percent. The trends suggest that affluent [...]

2014 big for indexed annuities: Broker-dealer execs

2014 big for indexed annuities: Broker-dealer execsNews from InvestmentNews: The year isn’t over yet, but executives at broker-dealers say they’ve had a major rise in the indexed-annuity business — to the point that it may be cannibalizing sales of variable annuities. At Raymond James Financial Inc., the annualized run rate for variable annuities is about [...]

Fixed Indexed Annuities to Hold ‘Bright Spot’ in 2015

Fixed Indexed Annuities to Hold ‘Bright Spot’ in 2015News from ThinkAdvisor: Assets will continue to flow into fixed indexed annuities in 2015, IRI says. Fixed indexed annuities will continue to be a “bright spot” for the annuity market in 2015 and the industry can expect a “continued shift” of annuity purchases in the new year [...]

Annuities: Can They Really Save Baby Boomers’ Retirement Dreams?

Annuities: Can They Really Save Baby Boomers’ Retirement Dreams?News from Motley Fool: Source: 401kcalculator.org via Flickr. Roughly 10,000 baby boomers retire every day, and financial experts have long worried about how well prepared financially members of that generation are to provide for their golden years. Given the challenges of figuring out how to invest to [...]

Pension Buyout Puts Group Annuities In The Spotlight

Pension Buyout Puts Group Annuities In The SpotlightNews from Insurance News Net: By Linda KocoAnnuityNews MetLife has signed a $ 440 million pension buyout agreement with TRW, a subsidiary of TRW Holdings. It is one of several such deals that MetLife has closed over the last few months, Wayne Daniel, senior vice president-U.S. pensions for [...]

Why 2015 is the year for longevity annuities

Why 2015 is the year for longevity annuitiesNews from Fortune: December 16, 2014, 10:46 AM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus … Read the full article Related News:

Why 2015 is the year for longevity annuities

Why 2015 is the year for longevity annuitiesNews from Fortune: Ask many up-and-coming retirees what their biggest fear is, and they’ll say running out of money. Just 18% of workers are very confident that they’ll have enough money for a comfortable retirement, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey. The insurance [...]

Annuities: 2014 year in review [infographic]

Annuities: 2014 year in review [infographic]News from LifeHealthPro: Industry-wide annuity sales in Q3 2014 reached $ 56.9B, a 5 percent decline from $ 59.9B in Q2 and a 1 percent dip from $ 57.5B in Q3 2013. A report from the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) based on data from Beacon Research and Morningstar, has unveiled [...]

Guidance On Pairing Annuities, Target Date Funds

Guidance On Pairing Annuities, Target Date FundsNews from Investopedia: The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service recently issued new rules that would allow investors to have access to deferred annuities through target-date funds. That’s good news for retirement plan service providers, who are keen to offer new products and services to [...]