The Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA) honored the winners of its annual Excellence in Communications awards and the Applied Retirement Research honor at the RIIA Fall Conference and Awards Gala on Monday night.
The RIIA Awards Committee consists of highly regarded industry editors and publishers, who comes together once a year to select what they deem as the communications materials, advertising, marketing and research initiatives that stand out across our industry. The winners demonstrate excellence and innovation in communications and applied retirement research that make a real impact on consumers looking to the retirement income industry for guidance in creating a secure retirement.
(Click ont he following link to read InvestmentNews editor Jim Pavia's speech at the ceremony)
The 2011 award winners are:
Retail Retirement Income Communications Award (sponsored by InvestmentNews)
Winner: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for “Curious Behaviors that Can Ruin Your Retirement”
Honorable Mention: Principal Funds for “Getting the Most from Social Security”
Winner: Raymond James for “Achieving Success in the Retirement Income Market – Financial Advisor Guidebook”
Honorable Mention: Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for “The Social Security Claiming Guide”
Defined Contributions Communications Awards (sponsored by PLANSPONSOR)
Best Plan Participant Awards
Winner: Putnam Investments for “Lifetime Income Analysis Tool”
Honorable Mentions: Oppenheimer Funds for “Spanish Enrollment Meeting DVD” and the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for “Managing Your Money in Retirement”
Retirement Income Television Advertising Awards (sponsored by The 401k Wire)
Winner: ING for “Life in Numbers”
Honorable Mention: Fidelity Investments for “New Line”
Retirement Income Client Education Award (sponsored by SourceMedia)
Winner: Pacific Life for “Building Retirement in a Challenging Economy”
Achievement in Applied Retirement Research (sponsored by Research Magazine)
In addition to the communications awards, special recognition for Achievement in Applied Retirement Research was presented to Richard Thaler, the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Previous winners of the award include Olivia Mitchell (in 2010), Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, Laurence J. Kotlikoff (in 2009), Professor of Economics at Boston University, Moshe Milevsky (in 2008), Executive Director of The IFID Centre and associate professor at York University, and Boston University Professor Zvi Bodie (in 2007).