The Hidden Gold in Mid-Size Rollovers

Inspira, a $20 million IRA recordkeeper, and GuidedChoice, say they can turn small, unprofitable rollover IRAs into revenue generators for a wide range of big recordkeepers and others. "This industry is begging for reinvention," says Inspira's Pete Littlejohn.

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.)
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Ruark Publishes Biannual VA Usage Study

Many owners of variable annuities with lifetime income riders are not using their benefits as efficiently as they could, Ruark found. They often draw down too much or too little of their money, thus degrading or not taking full advantage of the insurance features.

Mature Americans need retirement advice (desperately)

The oft-cited “four percent rule” for a safe withdrawal rate in retirement is unfamiliar to seven in ten Americans (69%), according to a survey by The American College. Sixteen percent think it's safe to withdraw 6% or even 8% per year.
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How Jackson National uses iPads to compete

“At the beginning of this year we started giving our wholesalers iPads instead of laptops,” said Jackson vice president Luis Gomez. “As they visited advisors and went through their stories on the iPads, the advisors started asking, ‘Is that available for me?’"