Investments

  • America’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Boom Could Send ESG Stocks Soaring
    America’s $2 Trillion Infrastructure Boom Could Send ESG Stocks Soaring

    This year, and next, might see investors start to reap the rewards of Biden's ultimate "green presidency".

    In the past few years, we've seen six ESG megatrends on the rise with trillions of dollars being invested into them, from cloud computing and clean water, to finance, resource efficiency and the mega of ESG megatrends--EVs.
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  • U.S. Single-Premium Pension Buy-Out Sales Drop, While Buy-In Sales Break All-Time Quarterly Record
    U.S. Single-Premium Pension Buy-Out Sales Drop, While Buy-In Sales Break All-Time Quarterly Record

    U.S. single premium buy-out sales totaled $1 billion in the first quarter, down 77% from first quarter 2020

    Following strong fourth quarter 2020 sales results, U.S. single premium buy-out sales totaled $1 billion in the first quarter, down 77% from first quarter 2020, according to the Secure Retirement Institute® (SRI®) U.S. Group Annuity Risk Transfer Sales Survey.
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  • Five Questions You Should Ask Before Accepting Your First Job Offer
    Five Questions You Should Ask Before Accepting Your First Job Offer

    Find a company invested in your financial future

    Goodbye, college. Hello, 9 to 5. Whether you’re looking for a starter position or aspiring to land your dream job, it’s important to find a company that is invested in your financial future.
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  • Majority Of Americans Support Sustainable Investing And Are Ready To Act
    Majority Of Americans Support Sustainable Investing And Are Ready To Act

    Majority (64%) of Americans hold a positive overall opinion on sustainable investing

    Perhaps once considered a passing fad, sustainable investing has solidified its place at the investing table and will likely hold that position for years to come, according to a new study* released today by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life).
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  • The Mood Of The Markets: Economic Optimism Rising
    The Mood Of The Markets: Economic Optimism Rising

    What investors were actually doing, and how they were positioned

    The Investor Movement Index® (IMXSM) increased .18 to 8.32 in May, up from its April score of 8.14. The IMX is TD Ameritrade’s proprietary, behavior-based index, aggregating Main Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors actually were doing and how they were positioned in the markets.
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  • How ‘Retirement Ready’ Are Your Clients?
    How ‘Retirement Ready’ Are Your Clients?

    It’s never a perfectly clear picture... And good planning plays a critical role

    You’ve worked hard to build a bright future for yourself and your loved ones. Now, it’s finally almost time to begin your next chapter — retirement. As you think about when to retire, it’s important to make sure you have an income strategy that fits your vision for the future.
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  • A Time Of Digital Reckoning For Insurers
    A Time Of Digital Reckoning For Insurers

    How rising consumer expectations and increasing competition are pressing insurers to reinvent themselves as future-ready, technology-forward

    The pace for digitization is not slowing down. Firms in other industries have evolved their customer experience across multiple channels to become omni-channel and digital to meet rapidly shifting and intensifying customer expectations, setting a high bar for insurance.
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  • Study Finds Data Breaches Cost Affected Companies – In Higher Interest Rates
    Study Finds Data Breaches Cost Affected Companies – In Higher Interest Rates

    How you bank may penalize you for failing to protect your data

    A recent study published by the American Accounting Association finds that there is a very real cost for companies that can't protect their customers' personal information. In addition to any reputational damage, the study finds that banks effectively apply a financial penalty to companies that have experienced data breaches.
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  • Secure Retirement Institute Forecasts Rebound For Most Annuity Products By 2021
    Secure Retirement Institute Forecasts Rebound For Most Annuity Products By 2021

    Improving economic conditions on the horizon

    The Secure Retirement Institute® (SRI®) is forecasting all individual annuity product lines except traditional variable annuities and fixed-rate deferred annuities to rebound in 2021.
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  • How COVID-19 Stress-Tested US Pensions
    How COVID-19 Stress-Tested US Pensions

    Optimism, caution mark the ’next steps in pension risk management'

    Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans in the US are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic into one of the most favorable policy and market environments they have seen in years – but DB sponsors remain cautious from years of secular headwinds.
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  • Investing In The Future of Farming
    Investing In The Future of Farming

    Advanced technology could become a necessity on the farm—and an investment opportunity.

    The world’s population is forecast to increase by 2 billion over the next 30 years, according to the United Nations Population Division. But the amount of land available to grow food for those extra billions isn’t going to expand.
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  • Central Bank Digital Currencies May Disrupt Financial Systems
    Central Bank Digital Currencies May Disrupt Financial Systems

    Some advocates see CBDCs as a way of addressing challenges presented by the declining use of cash

    The broader adoption of general-purpose central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) will present authorities with trade-offs between the associated risks and benefits, says Fitch Ratings.
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  • Does Bullish B2B Spending Signal A Surging Recovery?
    Does Bullish B2B Spending Signal A Surging Recovery?

    An ‘important bellwether’ of overall economic health’

    American Express today launched the Global Business Spend Indicator), a new survey of global businesses conducted with the Centre for Business and Economic Research. The survey reveals U.S. businesses are the most bullish and optimistic when it comes to B2B spending among the six countries covered in the survey, with 76% of U.S. businesses expressing…
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