Michael Finke: Is the 4% Rule Folly?
What began as a good-faith exercise to point out the risks from withdrawing too much each year from a retirement portfolio has gained a mythic and potentially unhelpful place among advisors.
What Advisors Don’t Know About Variable Annuities: Market Conditions and VAs
In part four of our series, we look at how market conditions affect variable annuities. VAs may appear, on paper, to be a win-win, but the reality is more nuanced.
Rekindling Equity Enthusiasm; Optimizing Annuity Options: March Research—Slideshow
"Stocks: A Hard Sell," the cover story by Ellen Uzelac, details how client enthusiasm for equities has taken a hit in recent years. The Annuity Analytics column, by Prof. Moshe Milevsky, offers advice on how to make the most of guaranteed living benefits in annuity contracts.
Ranking 401(k) Transparency; Avoiding Liquidity Temptations: January Research—Slideshow
Research magazine teams up with consulting firm Dalbar to present retirement plan transparency rankings. New regulations mandate that 401(k) plan service providers convey detailed disclosures, especially about fees.
Warning on VAs to Advisors: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.
Glenn Daily, insurance expert and variable annuity dissenter, says the complexity of these products’ guaranteed benefits is beyond most advisors’ ability to assess.
This Is Your Client’s Brain on Finance
Neuroscience can help us understand which advising strategies are most likely to succeed and why the most rational plan isn’t always the most effective.
What Bogle Thinks of ETFs; Gross vs. ‘Cult’; Paycheck Stress: October Research—Slideshow
The October issue of Research deals with formidable personalities and controversial issues. Cover story "How John Bogle Really Sees ETFs" covers the Vanguard founder's view of the exchange-traded fund field and its evolution. Feature article "Bill Gross vs. the Equity Cult" analyzes the bond maven's pessimism about equity returns.
Beyond the Ivory Tower
For three decades, Jim Poterba has studied how taxation affects household and business decision-making. The big takeaway for financial advisors: one size does not fit all.
4 Misconceptions About Financial Advice From a Veteran Advisor
Paula Hogan has read the theoretical literature, and she’s contributed to it. She has also compared these theories to life in the advisor trenches and has some advice for her advisor peers.
Milevsky’s ‘The 7 Most Important Equations’: Book Review
Let me deal with the necessary disclaimers first: I am a huge fan of Moshe Milevsky, a prolific author and my colleague at Research magazine. That said, Professor Milevsky’s new book is a terrific read.