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A Regulatory and Fiduciary Framework for Providing Lifetime Income from Defined Contribution Plans

Posted in Lifetime Income, Lifetime Income Published Papers
A more complete and up to date description of how lifetime income can work in a DC plan is in order. Evan Giller (newly Of Counsel with Boutwell and Faye) and I put together the attached piece entitled "Regulatory and Fiduciary Framework for Providing Lifetime Income from Defined Contribution Plans." It is originally appearing in the New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation - 2013. Published by LexisNexis Matthew Bender. Copyright 2013 New York University." In the paper, we've drawn upon our long experience with retirement plan annuities, mixing it well with all of these new developments… Continue Reading

Addressing Fiduciary Concerns in the Purchase of 401(k) Distributed Annuities: Dealing With The Five “I’s”- Part 2, Inflexibility and Inaccessability

Posted in Lifetime Income
Traditional annuities are inflexible. Period. You get the monthly benefit you pay for. They provide a very valuable benefit which should be part of anyone's retirement planning, but this inflexibility can be scary, as it takes away from the participant the ability to address unexpected contingencies. This fear comes from the second point: the funds used to buy the traditional annuity are gone for good. Other than payments made under a survivor annuity, the traditional annuity doesn't give the participant any access to funds to pay for contingencies, nor does it typically pay a death benefit. So what's a fiduciary to do… Continue Reading

The DC Annuity Fog

Posted in Lifetime Income
It has been a couple of weeks since we’ve last posted a blog, and with good reason. Between Evan, Monica and I, this two month span has us doing some 15 presentations and articles, whie keeping up with clients (and a couple of us squeezing in some overdue vacation time!).  Monica is speaking this week … Continue Reading

401(k) Annuities: “Defined Benefit” Guarantees Using a 401(k) Account

Posted in Lifetime Income, Lifetime Income Published Papers
It is back to the future, in an odd sort of way. There is growing trade press coverage on the interests of 401(k) plans and plan participants on turning a portion of participants’ account balances into a "defined benefit-like" guaranteed income stream. Follow, for example, this link to Plan Advisor.com. There are really two ways … Continue Reading
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