Thu, April 09, 2009
Life insurance companies, normally thought of as bastions of stability, have come under greater scrutiny from concern that their holdings of mortgage-backed securities and aggressive annuity guarantees may put their financial stability at risk. Where can you go to determine the strength of your insurer? Read the full article
Wed, February 25, 2009
With little fanfare, S.B No. 2729 (the "Act Relative To Equitable Coverage For Annuity Policies") went into effect on January 1, 2009. The law requires that all annuities sold to Massachusetts residents be gender-neutral in all aspects, including premiums and benefits. Read the full article
Fri, November 14, 2008
I've written several posts on the asset protection limits available to consumers who have invested in a variety of financial assets. With all the changes and adjustments that have taken place in the last few months in the financial landscape, I thought it might be helpful to provide a single article summarizing the insurance /protections currently available to investors. Read the full article
Thu, May 29, 2008
Recently the mutual fund industry has introduced a new type of financial product targeted at Baby Boomers: income replacement funds. Fidelity has initiated several of these funds and Vanguard's versions of the same idea, known as "managed payout" funds, were rolled out earlier this month. Other companies will doubtless follow their lead; Schwab and John Hancock are reportedly working on similar products. Like any investment product, these funds will be useful for some people. Consumers should be certain that they understand these funds in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
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