Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Minneapolis, Minn., has introduced The 4C’s of Successful Retirement Income Strategies, a framework that provides an uncomplicated process to help individuals ask questions and – with the help of a trusted financial professional – work through the complexities of retirement income planning and the important transition period starting roughly five to 10 years before retirement.
Focused on simplicity, the 4C’s include:
- Clarity – fact-gathering part of the process where individuals look at the realities of today and address some basic questions about their future.
- Comfort – involves identifying the desired lifestyle for what could be multiple decades of retirement living.
- Cost of Living – evaluates the impact of inflation on retirement savings.
- Certainty – identifies solutions based on time-tested data to help form a realistic and manageable retirement income strategy.
To help consumers better understand this framework, Allianz Life developed an interactive website that directs people to a short quiz that reveals a high level overview of their attitudes about key retirement issues. After answering a few simple questions, they can print a summary of their results, complete with tips to help prepare for next steps, which may include meeting with their financial professional where they can discuss their specific situation. To access the 4C’s of Retirement interactive website, visit: www.allianzlife.com/retirement.
In other industry news:
ING U.S. Retirement, New York, N.Y., appointed Rich Linton as president of Individual Markets. Linton will be responsible for all aspects of the business, including ING Financial Partners – a closely aligned and branded broker-dealer with over 2,500 independent registered representatives. He will also oversee ING’s retail investor channel, a team responsible for providing phone-based guidance and support to new and existing ING customers looking for help with their retirement savings and income needs, including IRA rollovers.
United Technologies Corporation, Hartford, Conn., has launched the Lifetime Income Strategy. This new default investment option is based on a design by AllianceBernstein L.P. and built to provide the simplicity of a target date fund with the security of lifetime income, similar to a traditional DB plan. The new option offers investors greater freedom, flexibility, and control.
The Lifetime Income Strategy was built as a next-generation target date portfolio. More than a single fund or even series of funds, this personalized savings and investment strategy applies the efficacy and simplicity of target date investing to construct a truly individualized approach. Through the Lifetime Income Strategy, each DC plan participant now has access to a target date portfolio built specifically for them.
“We’re adding the Lifetime Income Strategy specifically to offer participants who receive their UTC retirement benefits through our DC plan an affordable and effective option designed to provide the opportunity for secure income in retirement,” said Natalie Morris, director of Employee Benefits for UTC.
The Society for Annuity Facts & Education (SAFE), Inc. officially filed for 501(c)3 status as it embarked on its mission to raise awareness and provide the public with information about annuities.