Great-West Financial launched an index-linked variable annuity that offers the potential to deliver higher yields than those available on certificates of deposit issued by banks. The product, being marketed as the Capital Choice annuity, incorporates a buffer that can reduce losses in market downturns.
Prudential Financial said in a securities filing that it will soon launch a deferred-income annuity product called the Guaranteed Income for Tomorrow contract that will be sold directly to consumers. Initially the product will be distributed through Prudential's group insurance business, the company said.
Many retirees end up with multiple retirement accounts as they move from one employer to the next throughout their career. It's best to consolidate accounts by rolling funds over to keep down fees and simplify matters, writes personal finance columnist Ashlea Ebeling.
An audit report from the Social Security Administration showed 82% of beneficiaries who are dually entitled to survivor benefits and their own retirement benefits have been underpaid because the agency failed to inform them of their options. Eligible widows and widowers are allowed to make separate claiming decisions for their survivor benefits and retirement benefits, and delaying the latter often results in larger monthly payments.
Recent market volatility after a prolonged period of calm may prompt millennials to become more cautious about investing and lower their return expectations, writes Generational Insights' Cam Marston. The fact that many of them do not have a human advisor to help put the volatility in perspective may add to their unease.
A Canadian surety group said in a court case that an obligee should not face a duty to notify claimants about a payment bond in situations where the obligee is not asked about the bond. The Supreme Court of Canada disagreed, reversing a lower court decision in favor of the obligee.
A surety agreed to post bonds to cover nearly $973,000 in construction lien claims filed by subcontractors against a general contractor involved in a legal dispute over a Canadian city's civic center project. The general contractor lost an appeal of an injunction requiring it to provide $191,000 in reimbursement from the city to the surety to help cover payments if the bonds are called.
The US District Court for the District of South Carolina recently held that a surety can be bound by a mandatory arbitration clause when payment and performance bonds incorporate a contract by reference.
President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan proposes using $6 billion in private activity bonds and would make several changes to current law regarding tax-exempt bonds. The proposed changes could eliminate many of the hurdles involved with privatizing government-owned infrastructure and thereby "may increase the likelihood that these projects could be procured through innovative P3 relationships," attorneys write.
US lawmakers from both parties are discussing a need to bolster oversight of cryptocurrencies, high-ranking congressional members say. A House Financial Services subcommittee will conduct hearings in coming weeks.