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.

‘APIs’ and the Future of Annuities

Catching up with the 'application programming interface' technology train is essential for annuity issuers. APIs integrate annuities into advisor platforms, reduce NIGO applications, and give clients a fluid online experience.
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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.