Breakthroughs in Behavioral Finance

As an advisor, you can actually put clients in an annuity 'frame of mind.' These and other findings from behavioral finance research were presented at the 2011 Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision-Making last June.

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.

Annuities Aim for Spot in ‘Starting Lineup’

Annuity issuers want—and need—their products to be included as a matter of course in the model portfolios or asset allocation software tools that more advisors are expected to rely on in the future.

Why Are Stocks So High?

Because corporations have been returning more of their profits over to shareholders and less to workers, especially over the past 30 years, according to authoritative recent research. The implication is that investors' gains have come at the expense of workers, who own little stock.
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Happy Ants, Struggling Grasshoppers

SunAmerica's 'Retirement Re-Set' study showed why some retirees are happier than others. Jana Greer, president and CEO of SunAmerica Retirement Markets, explains. The company was the sixth biggest VA-seller in 1Q 2011.
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Going with the regulatory flow

In announcing new fund offerings for DC plans, Securian and BlackRock noted that they're trying to meet plan sponsor demand for greater fiduciary responsibility and lower investment costs.

Fed to keep rates very low through mid-2013

In an apparent bid to calm equity investors, the Federal Reserve announced that it won't raise its benchmark interest rate until the middle of 2013, at the earliest.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Security Benefit, Allianz Life, Lincoln Financial, MassMutual and Prudential Retirement.

They Know Not What They Do

The equity sell-off and rush to Treasuries didn't happen because Congress failed to cut the deficit or the debt aggressively enough. In my humble opinion, it happened for the opposite reason.