Since October is National Retirement Security Month, let’s hear it for everyone giving their all on the job, and saving for the day when they can finally retire. They deserve cheers — especially those earning moderate incomes. But let’s also consider educating these workers about an important tool known as the “savers tax credit” or … Continue reading "‘Saver’s Tax What?’ A Key Tool for Retirement Savers – Who Knew?"
In today’s “get it done, what comes next” hyperspeed world, it’s not easy to find time for reflection. But from time to time we need to pause, gather our thoughts and ensure we’re headed in the right direction. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, ACLI just conducted its first-ever virtual annual conference. And after two days … Continue reading "The Road to Economic Empowerment and Racial Equity"
Life insurers’ most critical mission is helping people take care of those they love. Our mission has never been more important. Our nation is grappling with three vexing and overlapping societal crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, a severe economic downturn and systemic racial inequality. Fully recognizing the magnitude of this moment in history, life insurers are doubling … Continue reading "Financial Security for Underserved Communities"
A critical challenge in enhancing Americans’ retirement security is expanding access to workplace retirement savings – especially for those working for small employers. In response, Congress included a pooled plan solution in the SECURE Act. With a pooled plan, most of the administrative and fiduciary responsibilities are handled by the pooled plan provider – not … Continue reading "Game Changer: The Retirement PEP Rally"
The economic slowdown prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of Americans. It has also intensified the importance of finding solutions to the retirement savings gap faced by so many Americans. One-third reaching retirement age have $25,000 or less saved. Last year, the U.S. Congress took an important step forward by passing the SECURE … Continue reading "COVID-19 Magnifies Retirement Savings Gap, Emphasizes Need to Act"
The economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed more older workers out of work. Many of those affected are increasingly anxious about their retirement security. The last thing policymakers should do now is to create more anxiety for those needing some retirement certainty. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what the Department of Labor has done with its … Continue reading "Department of Labor Should Protect Retirement Savers’ Access, Choices"
Earlier this year, Iowa’s Insurance Department approved a best interest annuity rule that closely follows the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation. A few weeks later, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that also mirrors the NAIC model. Iowa and Arizona demonstrated how states can provide people purchasing annuities … Continue reading "It’s the Rule of Law: Protecting Consumers’ Best Interest"