Tell Us What You Really Think

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.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

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?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

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.)
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As Equities Rise, So Do VA Sales—A Little

Prudential's variable annuity sales fell by 42% and MetLife's by 21% in the second quarter of 2013, compared to the first quarter, but other market leaders appeared to make up for the lost capacity, according to Morningstar's quarterly VA report.

Nominate Your Favorite Income Product

RIJ is sponsoring an award to be given by the Retirement Income Industry Association this fall. Send us your nominees for the "most innovative income product" by September 6.
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Outflows from bond funds accelerate

“The exodus from bonds suggests that if the Fed actually starts tapering—as opposed to just talking about doing something in the future—it might be more disruptive than Wall Street thinks,” said David Santschi, CEO of TrimTabs.

Annuity Specs is now “Wink”

Wink’s portal for life insurance and annuity information is LooktoWink.com. Visitors can find the AnnuitySpecs and LifeSpecs tools, which provide product details and comparisons.