Halfway Back to Prosperity?

Carmen Reinhart, co-author with Kenneth Rogoff of the best-selling "This Time Is Different," spoke at the IMCA conference in New York this week. We're five years into a 10-year recovery from the credit binge, she said.

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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Keynes vs. Hayek: The Rap Video

This hip-hop bout between "Keynes" and his nemesis "Hayek" was screened at the IMCA conference Tuesday. If you're not among the millions who've seen it on YouTube, prepare for highbrow humor with a back beat (you can't lose it).
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Allianz Life launches new indexed annuity

Only field marketing organizations and agents associated with the Allianz Preferred distribution model will distribute the Allianz 365i Annuity, whose income rider costs 1.2% per year.

SunAmerica expands lifetime income options

SunAmerica has also introduced a new investment portfolio – the SunAmerica Dynamic Allocation Portfolio –as an underlying investment in their variable annuity products.

BlackRock launches ‘Multi-Asset Income Fund’

"We want to help clients employ different strategies that go beyond the simple, 60/40 equity-and-fixed income portfolio rule of the past,” said the head of BlackRock’s U.S. retail business.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Prudential Retirement, John Hancock Annuities, John Hancock Financial Network, TD Ameritrade, TIAA-CREF, Northwestern Mutual Life, Securian Retirement, and Great-West Life & Annuity.