Perhaps the most pointed aspect of the bill, H.R. 6484, is its requirement that states use Treasury rates, which are historically low, to discount pension obligations and calculate funding requirements.
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.
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?
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.)
A guaranteed income rider makes as much sense on an FIA as it does on a VA and should not be dismissed out of hand, says Garth Bernard, president and CEO of Sharper Financial Group.
Steve Deschenes, senior vice president and general manager for annuities at Sun Life Financial (U.S.), told RIJ, “This is not re-starting the variable annuity arms race. It’s a prudent tradeoff between risk management” and attractive guarantees.
“The agency is changing its withdrawal policy because recent media articles have promoted the use of the current policy as a means for retired beneficiaries to acquire an ‘interest-free loan,’” according to the agency.
Life insurers "are expected to increase the ease of doing business through investments in technology and lower their resource costs through shared services, offshore captives and outsourcing," an Ernst & Young whitepaper said.
After 22 consecutive months of net inflows, municipal-bond funds saw net outflows of $7.6 billion in November.
A study conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College for the MetLife Mature Market Institute estimates the median inheritance per person at $64,000. $2.4 trillion has already been received.
A Medicaid annuity allows a couple to zero out its assets, qualify for subsidized long-term care for the ill spouse and provide an income for the non-institutionalized spouse by putting money in a particular type of SPIA.
People with defined contribution pension accounts will no longer have to buy annuities by age 75, and may take out up to a years’ worth of funds before retirement.
Late-breaking items from Guardian, New York Life, Milliman, ING, Principal, Allianz Life, EBRI, MassMutual and more...