Which Annuity Is Better? This New Tool Tells You

Cannex, the Toronto-based annuity product data, just announced a new tool, based on research by annuity guru Moshe Milvesky, that enables advisors to do side-by-side comparisons of annuity contracts. The first phase allows comparisons of variable annuity living benefits.

The Alt-Asset Teams that Reinvent Annuity Companies

'Insurance Solutions' groups use private assets to boost the returns of life/annuity company investment portfolios. RIJ talks with Todd Fonner of Investcorp Insurance Solutions about this trend.

One Life Insurer’s Pivot to Private Assets

American Equity Investment Life’s ‘AEL 2.0’ strategy is designed to help it thrive even in a low yield environment. Allocating up to 40% of its money to ‘private assets’ is key to the fixed annuity specialist's plan.

NAIC Eyes ‘Bermuda Triangle’ Strategy

A document from the NAIC's Financial Stability Task Force reflects the concerns that the NAIC has heard from a variety of sources about the increased ownership of life insurers by private equity firms. (Image from NAIC document.)

Six Bipartisan Opportunities for the President-Elect

'Never before have so many promises been made for the future, both for unsustainable rates of spending growth and lower taxes,' writes our guest columnist, a former deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury. 'Engaging in more giveaways only exacerbates this problem.'

At DCIIA Forum, Familiar Faces and Fresh Ideas

Does automatic enrollment lead to higher consumer debt? Should employers stop sponsoring retirement plans? These are other ideas were floated at the Defined Contribution Institutional Investors Association Academic Forum in New York yesterday.

Securian expands suite of annuity solutions

Securian's new SecureLink Future fixed indexed annuity offers a lifetime income benefit with an 8% annual rollup in each year with no withdrawals (or 200% after 10 years with no withdrawals). The company also introduced a variable annuity for fee-based advisors.