The complex deal at the heart of the SEC’s case against Goldman Sachs may reveal Wall Street to be a labyrinth or casino, but it doesn’t necessarily establish fraud.
At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.
Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?
Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
"SecureFoundation" wraps a lifetime income rider around a set of proprietary target date funds for an all-in annual fee of 160 basis points.
A PIMCO executive’s new book is an ode to custom target date funds—and offers a glimpse of the Allianz unit’s retirement business strategy going forward.
"The sustainability of any positive trends in AIG's operations depends on how well it manages its business in this current economic environment," said a new GAO report.
Wells Fargo & Co. accounted for $678 million, or almost 26%, of bank annuity fee income in 2009, thanks to its acquisition of the perennial leader in bank annuity sales, Wachovia Bank.
Aruna Hobbs, who joined New York Life in November 2009 from AEGON Insurance, will lead the new unit.
The Market Stabilizer Option offers a rate of return tied to the S&P 500 Price Return index, up to a growth cap. It also provides a downside buffer of up to 25% if the index underperforms.
Under an Agriculture Committee-backed bill, insurers who use derivatives to hedge against interest rate risk would have to use standardized derivatives contracts listed on exchanges.
Participants in Vanguard-administered plans put $21.4 billion into target-date funds in 2009, up from $680 million five years earlier.
“Robust equity markets” markedly improved earnings in both group and annuity operations.