The bar on consumer protections is raised in important ways by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI), which goes into effect at the end of this month. Reg BI preserves access for middle- and lower-income savers to financial professionals that offer the opportunity to set up income guaranteed for life. Insurance … Continue reading "Consumers Benefit from Regulation BI"
More and more, the haul from my mailbox (snail mailbox, that is) is magazines, catalogs, junk mail and once a quarter, my retirement statement. To be honest, it all (except for the magazines) goes immediately in my recycling bin. And considering the current COVID-19 climate, it likely gets sprayed with sanitizer, too! Like most Americans, … Continue reading "Retirement Statements – Safer in an In-Box than a Mailbox!"
The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic for those who have lost loved ones around the world. It has also shuttered businesses and sent the financial markets reeling. For those preparing for or living in retirement, these are the rainy days for which they’ve saved. Congress, through the CARES Act, recently made it easier for those … Continue reading "Annuities: Certainty in Retirement"
Market volatility is especially unnerving after decades of working and saving. The antidote is smart, sound financial education, information and options. Fortunately, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted rules last June, and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) adopted a model regulation in February, to make sure people can get the help they … Continue reading "Countering Market Volatility"
The SECURE Act is a huge win for millions of retirement savers. Signed into law by President Trump in December, the SECURE Act removed an obstacle that many employers said discouraged them from offering annuity options to their retirement plan participants. Offered by life insurers, annuities are the only financial product that delivers guaranteed income for … Continue reading "SECURE Act Enables More Lifetime Income Options for Savers"
Nearly two years ago, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Department of Labor’s misguided fiduciary regulation. That momentous decision triggered a series of thoughtful, well-reasoned measures by lawmakers and regulators in Washington, D.C., and across the country. These ongoing actions are part of a nationwide movement to provide American consumers the protections they deserve … Continue reading "Best Interest Advances Will Protect America’s Consumers"
[A version of this article appeared on LinkedIn] It’s not surprising that we in the life insurance industry think a lot about financial security. But this week, as I gear up to speak at two events regarding women and financial security, I’ve been reviewing some surprising numbers about women, money, and confidence. Women have made … Continue reading "Women Are Controlling the Purse Strings—So Why Aren’t They Confident?"