At a vulnerable juncture in the evolution of their products, publicly-held VA issuers are feeling unprecedented pressure from Wall Street. That was made clear by speakers at the IRI Marketing Conference in New York this week.
Envestnet, with the help of six major annuity issuers, has built a platform where advisors from broker-dealers, banks and RIAs can blend insurance products and investments in the same financial plan. It's a service life insurers can't live without. But will RIAs embrace annuities?
In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.
FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?
Lincoln Financial vice president Dan Hayes described the advent of volatility management mechanisms inside today's VAs funds-of-funds as comparable to the emergence of "4G" cellphone technology.
Using a risk-free rate to estimate pension asset growth would increase pension under-fundedness by 20% to 50%, Deloitte survey shows.
Standish's April outlook predicts that 10-year Treasury yields may settle into a new higher trading range between 2.25% and 3% by the end of 2012.
There's enough savings in retirement plans to pay off the U.S. national debt, with a couple of hundred billion dollars left over. Maybe we should bail out our beleaguered nation and start anew...
65-year-old Boomers won't consider themselves “old” until they reach age 79, according to a new survey by the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute.
Brief or late-breaking items from BNY Mellon, LPL Financial, MassMutual Retirement Services, Natixis Global Asset Management, Prudential Retirement, Edward Jones, BMO Global Asset Management, AllianceBernstein and the Insured Retirement Institute.
CFP Mark Cortazzo of MACRO Consulting Group says that the fee-assessment mechanism of the ARIA contingent deferred annuity taketh away even as the product's living benefit giveth.