The Goldman Touch

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.

A Second Structured Annuity Offers Income

CUNA Mutual Group invades Allianz Life airspace by launching 'Zone Income Annuity.' It's the only structured index annuity besides Allianz Life's Index Advantage Income to offer a lifetime income option. The two contracts differ in small but significant ways.

Executive Interview: PRU’s Kent Sluyter

The president of Prudential Annuities since 2017, actuary Kent Sluyter spoke with RIJ recently about financial wellness and about his firm's pivot to a new generation of individual annuities.
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The Future of DC Plans, Via PIMCO

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.
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AIG Mending, But Still Dependent, GAO Says

"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 Tops Bank Annuity Fee Chart

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.

AXA Equitable VUL Offers Downside Risk Buffer

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.