More retirement think tanks are getting on board with the idea of including annuities in 401(k) plans, but so far, only a handful of large employers have this as an option.

“They are complicated,” Alicia H. Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College explains. “And [if] you hand over a bunch of your hard-earned cash and go out on the street and get hit by a bus, it’s gone.”

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