Why Prudential Sells the Most VAs

Constant proportion portfolio insurance, or CPPI, has helped Prudential attract crowds to its Highest Daily VA. Now other insurers are wondering if they should employ CPPI.

Tell Us What You Really Think

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.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

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?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

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.)

Details of the tax compromise revealed

The package would cost about $900 billion over the next two years, to be financed entirely by adding to the national debt, according to The New York Times.

Treasury to sell last of its stake in Citigroup

A person briefed on the transaction said it would be priced at $4.35 a share, a 2% percent discount. At that price, taxpayers could profit by $12 billion on the Treasury’s investment in Citigroup.

UK pensioners brace for new retirement drawdown rules

Retirees will probably be allowed to spend their savings at the rate they wish as long as they have at least enough guaranteed income to keep themselves from needing public support in retirement.

The Bucket

Late-breaking items about Sun Life, Genworth, J.P. Morgan, MetLife, the SPARK Institute, Fred Reish and Bosnia-Herzogovina.

The Tax Deal Feels Wrong

Over the weekend, retirees may have lost the first battle of the generational war.