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  • Writer's pictureRetirement and Annuity Advisor Jennifer Lang

Retirement Planning News: BlackRock Is Adding Annuities to 401(k)s

BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager with more than $9 trillion in assets, is moving into annuities.

The firm has a new target date retirement product for 401(k) plans that will provide workers a stream of payments through their lives. Called the LifePath Paycheck solution, it embeds annuity contracts issued by Equitable and Brighthouse Financial, according to BlackRock.

Once participants reach age 59-½, they will have the option to purchase a fixed individual retirement annuity to provide a guaranteed stream of income for life. Participants will be able to use 30% of their 401(k) balance for in the product, according a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Five employers have already signed up for the new product, including the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has about $7.5 billion in target date investments in its retirement plans.

BlackRock expects that over 120,000 U.S.-based 401(k) plan participants will be able to access the annuity option starting in 2022, when initial plan adoptions are anticipated.

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