We focus on giving retirees the freedom to chart a clear path to retirement. Our goal is to design better ways to help people understand the risks and opportunities they face so they can make a decision with confidence.

Retirees need an easy way to understand how to turn their savings into income. I’ve spent the last 15 years conducting research with some of the brightest minds in the field. IncomePath uses the best ideas from this research to create a simple process that helps people design their own retirement income plan.

Michael Finke, Ph.D., CFP®

Co-Founder  |  Chief Strategist

Michael started IncomePath because he wants to improve retirement security and help people make better decisions for themselves and their loved ones. He is a professor of wealth management and Frank M. Engle Distinguished Chair in Economic Security at The American College of Financial Services, and a nationally known researcher in the areas of retirement income planning, retirement spending, life satisfaction, and cognitive aging.

Michael earned his doctorate in consumer economics from The Ohio State University in 1998, and in finance from the University of Missouri in 2011. He leads the O. Alfred Granum Center for Financial Security at the American College, and is a Research Fellow at the Retirement Income Institute. Michael is also a member of the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association Academic Advisory Council, and serves as a Trustee on the Pension Reserve Trust of Puerto Rico. He is a frequent speaker at financial planning conferences, and was named one of the “25 Most Influential People” in investment advising by Investment Advisor magazine in 2020 and 2021.

Tamiko Toland

Co-Founder  |  CEO

Tamiko teamed up with Michael to start IncomePath because she shares his vision of a better way to communicate retirement risks and help people make better decisions for retirement. She is an annuity expert and thought leader with a passion for creative approaches to educating people about the real risks and solutions for their retirement needs.

For more than two decades, Tamiko has tracked trends and key issues on retirement income, writing and speaking to a variety of audiences. She most recently held leadership roles at TIAA and Cannex Financial Exchanges, an annuity data and analytics firm. Tamiko got her introduction to annuities as a trade journalist, but her proclivity for in-depth reporting drew her to Strategic Insight, where she managed the Annuity Insight data service and authored reports on cutting-edge topics. In addition to serving  as IncomePath’s CEO, Tamiko runs a consulting firm that helps clients with strategy and communications on lifetime income for individual annuities as well as lifetime income solutions offered within retirement plans. She regularly shares her perspectives with the news media and speaks at industry conferences and webinars.

We need to give people the tools they need to make good decisions for themselves, not barrage them with more math and arcane explanations.

Even as someone who has been in the industry for a long time, I find that the transition from accumulation to retirement is vague and confusing at best using the tools available today. IncomePath gives people the confidence to move forward with a retirement plan.

Steve Prew

Head of Business Development

Steve joined Michael and Tamiko at IncomePath to act as an industry conduit and to be part of the mission to help people move more smoothly from accumulation to decumulation in a confident and comfortable way. Steve first teamed up with Michael at The American College of Financial Services in January of 2020, where they have focused on bringing goal-based planning across the industry.  

In addition to his current role with IncomePath, Steve runs a business development consultancy where he leverages his skills in relationship management, business development, and industry knowledge to help firms  innovate, scale, and optimize their growth.

Steve earned his MBA with a Strategic Management focus from Regis University in Denver and lives in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with his wife Katie. He enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, cycling and golf.  

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The role of annuities in a retirement income portfolio
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In the Media

How to Give Retirees the Freedom to Spend

Gaining Perspective Podcast with Michael Finke and Tamiko Toland

April 29, 2024
A Conversation with IncomePath Co-Founder Tamiko Toland

For the Ask the Retirement Expert series, a conversation about how annuities have changed over time, behavioral considerations to buying them, and how IncomePath helps move the needle.

April 28, 2024
How to Retire Happy and Spend Smart with Retirement Expert Michael Finke

The Strength Wave Podcast features a conversation with IncomePath Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Michael Finke.

April 18, 2024