England’s Search for a DC/DB Hybrid

The U.K.’s pension ministry has proposed ‘defined ambition’ as a remedy for the country’s retirement savings ills. ‘DA’ is a hybrid of DC and DB, but remains otherwise undefined. Pictured: A worker at a Morrisons supermarket in Britain.

Envestnet’s Big Annuities Play

Envestnet, with the help of six major annuity issuers, has built a platform where advisors from broker-dealers, banks and RIAs can blend insurance products and investments in the same financial plan. It's a service life insurers can't live without. But will RIAs embrace annuities?

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?
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Sun Life downgrade follows Guggenheim deal

The rating actions follow the December 17, 2012 announcement by SLF of its agreement to sell its U.S. annuity and certain life insurance business lines to a Guggenheim Partners-led investor group for approximately $1.35 billion.

Morgan Stanley expects fiscal cliff to be hardly a speed bump

Central banks in developed countries are holding short-term rates down to induce investors to shift into riskier, higher-yielding assets, says Morgan Stanley's Global Investment Committee Monthly report for December. The bank says it doesn't intend to 'fight the Fed.'

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from MetLife, Thrivent for Lutherans, The Financial Planning Association, Towers Watson, Cogent Research, Security Benefit and the New York Stock Exchange.

RIJ will not publish next week

Retirement Income Journal and RIJAdvisor will not be published during the week of December 24-28, in observance of the holidays. We thank all of our subscribers and advertisers for their support of our mission during the past 12 months and for helping make 2012 our best year yet. We'll see you in the New Year.