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The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it was tweaking its policy for retirement funds to encourage savers to buy annuities, a measure aimed to keep them from outliving their savings.
Annuities come in all shapes and sizes and advisors need to be able to tell their clients the advantages and problems of each, say three advisors.
The Australian Centre for Financial Studies, in conjunction with Mercer, has ranked the retirement systems of 25 countries.
LPL Financial has agreed to reimburse more than half a million dollars to investors to settle complaints over switching annuities, a securities regulator said
The Insured Retirement Institute, the trade group for the annuities industry, named LPL Financial President Robert Moore as its new chairman.
Allstate Corp. is betting on timber and real estate to boost returns at a struggling annuity unit.
Industry-wide annuity sales rose to $59.9 billion in this year's second quarter, a 9.9 percent increase from last year.
The acquisition makes Great-West Financial the second largest provider in the U.S. defined contribution market with nearly 7 million participants, says the firm.
Low interest rates and high stock valuations make retiring difficult no matter what the strategy.
Is the popular annuity feature a good deal or an overpriced promise?
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