Obama Administration

Putnam Investments is Positioning Itself at the Forefront of the Retirement Income Industry

Both the Obama Administration and Congress are considering ways in which Americans can become more aware of the need for guaranteed lifetime income .

Annuities and Other Forms of Guaranteed Income are Priorities for the Obama Administration

Much has been written over the past couple of weeks about the Obama Administration's support of annuities.

The New York Times ran a story about the "unloved annuity getting a hug from Obama."

Bloomberg featured an article in its personal finance section describing the potential, the pitfalls and the overall industry enthusiasm surrounding in-plan annuities.

The federal government has posted a...

Annuitization Continues to be a Focus of Obama Administration

The Obama Administration continues to make annuities and other potential sources a guaranteed income a policy priority. As described in a recent Bloomberg article, much of the concern seems to be related to the retirement plan damage caused by the financial crisis. While recently recovered, average 401k balances took a major hit in 2008 and early 2009. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments will ask for public comment as soon as next week on ways to promote the...

Annuities in 401k Plans Under Consideration by Obama Administration

Members of Congress and officials from the Departments of Treasury and Labor are working on options that would provide sources of guaranteed lifetime income to participants in 401k and other pension plans. At a high level, it is clear that the Obama Administration wants to create structures and incentives for: Increasing retirement savings. Providing people with the ability to turn those accumulated savings into streams of income that last through retirement. A trial program that would involve...