At a recent conference, retirement experts concluded that the lack of an easy drawdown mechanism in 401(k) plans was the major challenge facing the 401(k) system. In 2014, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued guidance that made longevity annuities accessible to 401(k) plans and that enabled target date funds to include annuity contracts either as a default or as a regular investment option. But individual plan sponsors feel under siege by lawsuits and see little payoff to being innovative. At the same time, Congress is unlikely to mandate that annuities be a part of 401(k) arrangements. So we are at a standstill. Millions of Americans — having been told that their retirement plans are automatic
Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) last week saw its shares tumble by 2.84% to maintain its position as the worst-performing stock among the 30 equities included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. For the year to date, Verizon's shares are down 13.99%. The good news for investors is that Verizon's dividend yield is now 5.03%.
Shares of Amazon have come a long way since the company's 1997 initial public offering. Since then, Amazon shares have sky rocketed 48,197% from their May 15, 1997 debut of $18 a share. Before Amazon was the "Everything Store" it was an online book store