Science, Business, or Something In-Between?

In the retirement income field, research ranges from almost “pure” science to borderline business promotion. It's not always easy to identify the boundary between the two.

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.)

What Advisors Want from Annuity Issuers

This week, RIJ received a press copy of “What Advisors Want from Annuity and Insurer Providers-2019,” a study by Practical Perspectives, a Boxford, MA-based financial services market research firm.
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Derivatives lift MetLife in Q4 2011

MetLife reported derivative net gains of $351 million, after tax, which were largely due to declines in interest rates and gains in the company’s variable annuity hedging program.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Capital One, ING Direct, New York Life, Guardian Life, LPL Financial, AXA Advisors, Envestnet, T. Rowe Price and Towers Watson.

It’s Conference Season

The approach of spring brings Grapefruit League baseball, income tax forms and a new parade of retirement industry-related conferences. We've updated our Events calendar just in time for the new season.

Markets Yet to Discount the Discounts

The author of "The Seven Deadly Innocent Frauds" and blogger at moslereconomics.com brainstorms about how the showdown over Greek debt might play out.