In a few days, consumers will enjoy enhanced protections under the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI). Reg BI imposes a heightened standard of conduct on financial professionals beginning June 30. Reg BI is the first step toward national, harmonized enhanced consumer protections for consumers seeking guaranteed lifetime income. Together with Form … Continue reading "Consumers Are Protected by Regulation Best Interest"
In recent years, major corporations like FedEx and Alcoa have shifted retiree pensions to annuities offered by life insurers. While these pension risk transfers shift obligations to an insurance company from an employer, they don’t change the benefits retirees receive. That is because, like traditional pensions, an annuity guarantees retirees a stream of income they … Continue reading "Retirees Protected in Pension Risk Transfers"
The volatility of the COVID-19 economy and its impact on the finances of millions of Americans has underscored the growing societal need for financial security. At the same time, the recent economic disruption has created budgetary shortfalls in many states, prompting lawmakers to consider new ways to cut expenses and raise revenues. Some of these … Continue reading "Colorado: Doing What’s Right For Retirement Savers"
Across America, defined benefit pension plans continue to be replaced by retirement savings arrangements like the 401(k). With the U.S. Congress passing the SECURE Act last year, more folks will be saving in 401(k) plans. When coupled with an annuity, 401(k) savings can provide meaningful pension-like secure income throughout retirement. Annuities are the only financial … Continue reading "Annuities – Trusted Retirement Income"
[A version of this appeared in Morning Consult] Late last year, who could have predicted the financial upheaval we now face? No one. The uncertainties created by the COVID-19 economy have exposed a growing societal need for financial protection and security. Addressing these needs will be vitally important as our nation moves forward. A series … Continue reading "Action Items for Increasing Financial Security"
Separated by about 1,000 miles of farmland, mountains and desert, Iowa and Arizona are two very different states. On first glance, the only thing they seem to have in common is their deep-rooted ties to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs’ spring training facility has been in Arizona for more than 60 years. And the Cubs’ … Continue reading "Iowa, Arizona Lead The Way on Best Interest"
Millions of Americans face worrisome financial challenges during their retirement. For many, anxieties have intensified recently due to the market upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there is a surefire way to address those concerns: an annuity. June is Annuity Awareness Month, a time to focus Americans on the only financial product in the … Continue reading "Annuities Awareness Month: Guaranteed Lifetime Income"