With the new FlexChoice guaranteed lifetime withdrawal rider on its flagship variable annuities, MetLife is betting that it can provide Boomers with a competitive income vehicle that's light on capital consumption.
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.
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?
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.)
In this ongoing new feature, RIJ will ask and answer questions that pertain to retirement advisors and their clients. Our first Q&A concerns Medicaid annuities, which middle-class Baby Boomer couples who face nursing home costs should know about.
My nightmare scenario is that when rates go up, equity prices will fall, and millions of Boomers will wish they'd sold their stocks at the peak and bought income annuities with the proceeds.