Lobbying 101

Retirement industry trade groups don’t want deficit hawks to reduce the tax incentives for retirement savings. Last week’s Senate resolution affirming the status quo was a result of their lobbying efforts.

The Five Most Important Retirement Income Decisions

'Many of the decisions presented here are beyond the skills of most pre-retirees and retirees,' writes the author, a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 'They’re going to need help.'

A Closer Look at CLOs (and Other U.S. Credit)

Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.

She’s Got Advice for Life Insurers

'Insurers can't remain wedded to product sales, which are becoming commoditized in a future that trends toward financial advice,' says industry veteran Michelle Richter, who just launched Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC.
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Fed to Link Interest, Jobless Rates

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke said the Fed still plans to suppress interest rates until at least mid-2015, even while tying any rate increase to a decline in the unemployment rate past 6.5%. The Fed's bond purchases will jump to $85 billion per month.

Life Insurers, Under Three Microscopes

“Life insurers have weathered the financial crisis in terms of solvency but not in terms of profitability,” said analyst Mary Pat Campbell of Conning Research. Conning, Ernst & Young and Fitch Ratings have all issued new reports or commentaries on the U.S. life insurance sector.
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AXA Equitable donates famous mural to the Met

America Today, Thomas Hart Benton's 10-panel mural celebrating national progress in the 1920s, had been on display in the lobby of AXA Equitable's New York City headquarters from 1996 until this year.

End is in sight for U.S. ownership of AIG shares

“We are very pleased to repay 100 percent of all that America invested in AIG plus a total combined positive return – or profit – of $22.7 billion,” said AIG president and CEO Robert H. Benmosche.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from or about Prudential Insurance, Phoenix Companies, Nationwide Financial, Lincoln Financial Group, Great-West Financial, New York Life, John Hancock Financial Network, Genworth Financial, Lincoln Retirement, and Cogent Research.