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September 17, 2020

Who Rules the Top 1%?

Private businesses and partnerships lead most often to the top wealth brackets in the U.S., new research shows. In this edition of Research Roundup, we bring you summaries of research on variable annuity sales, the Fed's response to the March 2020 crash, and more.  

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Long Guns as Leading Indicators

By Kerry Pechter

In past election periods, when I’ve canvassed door-to-door, some people have told me they won’t bother to vote because politicians are all alike. But they aren’t.

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Private-equity firms will keep buying life insurers: Cerulli

'A takeover of general account assets by a PE firm gives the insurer, in effect, an affiliated PE manager and the fee advantages typically seen in co-investing scenarios,' a Cerulli Associates analyst reports.

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Fed Keeps Credit Throttle Wide Open

By Tim Duy

'The commitment to holding rates at near zero until the economy is both at maximum employment AND inflation is at 2% is the unexpected enhanced forward guidance,' writes our guest columnist, an economist at the U. of Oregon.

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Honorable Mention

New A-CAP 10-year FIA linked to Credit Suisse Momentum Index; PlanGap Annuity insures against Social Security failure; 80% of older Americans need financial advice: The American College; ‘Mercer Wise 401(k)’ passes $1 billion in AUM; Completion of Voya-Resolution Life transaction is delayed.

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