Are You Being Served?

After my father died, I called his reverse mortgage lender and said the house was theirs. Little did I know that I'd get "sued," that the house had to go through foreclosure and that the process would take over a year. There has to be a better way.

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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RetiremEntrepreneur: Andrew Rudd

Andrew Rudd, the co-founder of Barra, Inc. (now the MSCI Barra suite of portfolio analysis tools) started Advisor Software Inc. in 1995 to adapt Barra technology for adviser use. "I was always interested in creating products," says the British-born Californian..

Prudential launches new version of Highest Daily GLWB

In the latest iteration of Prudential's Highest Daily guaranteed lifetime withdrawal rider, contract owners must put 10% of premium into a fixed-rate fund. Like its predecessors, this version of the rider employs an automatic modified CPPI risk management system.

Prudential’s New Edge: Dynamic Rate-Setting

"If manufacturers can be more dynamic in reacting to changing conditions they don't have to set prices as conservatively. That should benefit investors," said a competitor about Prudential's ability to change VA GLWB roll-up and payout rates as often as monthly.
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Mutual funds gain 20% in 2013: Cerulli

With $74.7 billion, Vanguard added the most of net inflows of any mutual fund manager. Dimensional Fund Advisors followed with $22.5 billion, J.P. Morgan with $21 billion, MFS with $18 billion and and Oppenheimer Funds with $16.1 billion.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from ING U.S. (Voya), MassMutual Retirement Services, Securian, New York Life and MetLife.