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Medicare 2020 open enrollment begins Tuesday

October 15, 2019

Medicare open enrollment for health care coverage in 2020 begins Tuesday, Oct. 15. While most of the 60 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the nation's primary health insurance program for retirees and people with disabilities usually...

Drug costs for some U.S. seniors to rise by hundreds of dollars

October 11, 2019

Senior citizens with high prescription drug costs are facing hundreds of dollars in additional expenses next year, according to a new analysis of Medicare's drug program by a nonprofit research group. Medicare's drug benefit, known as Part D,...

SEC probing compensation, sales practices in 403(b) plans for school districts

October 8, 2019

The Securities and Exchange Commission appears to be launching a broad investigation of compensation and sales practices in defined-contribution plans for school districts, an atypical move that targets a segment of the market frequently lambasted...

How advisers can help pre-retirees

October 7, 2019

Recently, I heard the phrase "inattentive households" — a term clearly coined by economists for economists — at a conference from someone discussing pre-retirees' lack of awareness of the typical income and spending changes that come with...

Prudential reverses variable annuity suspension in New York

October 4, 2019

Prudential Financial Inc. will reintroduce its fee-based variable annuities in New York, following a suspension of its product sales a few months ago in connection with the state's new best-interest rule for annuity and life insurance sales....

Investigation into 403(b) costs, sales could be an A+ for teachers

October 3, 2019

New York's investigation 403(b) plan costs and sales tactics used by insurers is welcome action from regulators that will hopefully be accompanied by long-overdue reforms and financial relief for vulnerable consumers. The exploited consumers...

HSA fees drop, investment design shows improvement

October 1, 2019

Investment funds in health savings accounts have improved substantially over the past few years on several fronts, including fund options, quality and fees, according to a new report from Morningstar Inc. "You've seen definite improvements,"...

A new twist on Medicare open enrollment

September 30, 2019

Many of your retired or soon-to-be retired clients probably think of enrolling in Medicare as a once-in-a-lifetime event that's timed to coincide with their retirement date and Social Security claiming decisions. But such a set-it-and-forget-it...

Income annuities provide retirees longevity protection

September 28, 2019

Though the discussion in this chapter could be applied to any annuity offering lifetime income benefits, the focus for now returns to income annuities to keep the discussion more manageable. Previous chapters have introduced the role annuities...

Voya Financial Advisors settles with more than a dozen clients of former broker

September 27, 2019

Voya Financial Advisors Inc. is cleaning up the mess a former broker created by investing clients heavily in nontraded real estate investment trusts and variable annuities. The ex-broker, James T. Flynn, was registered with Voya Financial Advisors...

The 401(k)-HSA savings rule of thumb works, until it doesn't

September 26, 2019

The rule of thumb for helping employees choose how to allocate workplace savings between a 401(k) account and a health savings account is relatively straightforward: Save up to the percentage of the employer's 401(k) match to take advantage...

4 ways to build a team that believes in making an impact

September 26, 2019

As more than 230 Carson Group stakeholders converge in Omaha this week for our annual two-day, companywide retreat, their presence reminds me of what it means to make an impact. It reminds me that, as advisers, we often forget the reach of our...

In New York deal, six insurers will pay $1.8 million over annuity sales practices

September 24, 2019

New York State's Department of Financial Services has entered into consent orders with six life insurance companies over violations of the state law covering transactions in which deferred annuities were replaced by immediate annuities. Collectively,...

Funding an HSA with an IRA

September 17, 2019

Millions of Americans fund a health savings account each year. If the account is through their employer, it's likely funded through automatic payroll deductions. But most people aren't aware of a rule that lets them fund an HSA with their individual...

Five Key Things for Plan Sponsors to Consider When Choosing a Stable Value Fund

September 16, 2019

When selecting a stable value investment option, today's defined contribution retirement plans have a variety of products to choose from. And while the investment objectives of the different types of stable value investment products are similar...

Making a DC plan's nest egg last a lifetime

September 16, 2019

For defined-benefit plan participants, pieces of the retirement income puzzle fit into place relatively easily. Once a regular paycheck ends, components of retiree income for DB plan participants include Social Security, income from assets a...

Medicare IRMAA surcharges to be adjusted for inflation in 2020

September 16, 2019

For the first time in a decade, the income brackets used to determine Medicare premium surcharges for high-income retirees will be indexed to inflation starting Jan. 1. As a result, some retirees may experience a reduction in their Medicare...

Jackson National to reintroduce fee-based annuities in New York

September 16, 2019

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. plans to reintroduce fee-based annuities in New York, weeks after the company suspended sales due to concerns about an insurance regulation that took effect in the state. Jackson, which is the second-largest...

New rate environment challenges DB plan sponsors

September 16, 2019

Last month's inversion of the U.S. yield curve roiled equity markets throughout the world as investors worried about the imminence of recession signaled by long-term rates falling below short-term rates. This reversal of the normal relationship,...

The SEC botched title reform. New York got it right

September 11, 2019

Imagine you want to go skydiving. Jumping from a plane is a high-risk activity. You, as a novice, seek out professional advice to ensure you use the proper technique. After all, how could you possibly know how and when to deploy a parachute,...

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