There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis is posing serious challenges to small employer retirement plans and the ability of workers to save for the long term. Expanding access to workplace retirement plans – especially at small businesses – will be crucial as Americans strive to meet the savings challenge during and after this … Continue reading "COVID-19 and Retirement Savings: New Challenges for Small Employers"
With all the turbulence and strife in recent months, we sure could use some soothing news. Cue up the Securities and Exchange Commission and its Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI). Reg BI takes effect tomorrow. Together with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) revised Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation, Reg BI will ensure financial professionals … Continue reading "Protecting Access for All 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"
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"
Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. For much of the 20th century, the 65th birthday meant retirement. But not in 2020, according to two recent articles. A CNBC.com story noted that a majority of workers (54%) said they expect to continue working after age 65, including 14% who never plan to retire. And a Wall Street Journal … Continue reading "Could The SECURE Act Enable Fewer People To Work Past Age 65?"
Earlier today President Trump signed the 2020 spending package, which wisely included the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019. This is a huge win for millions of retirement savers, groups like Gold Star families, and bipartisanship. With the SECURE Act now the law of the land, our nation has taken … Continue reading "Retirement Savers Win Thanks to SECURE Act Becoming Law"