LPL Taps Five Insurers for New VA Platform

Advisors who use LPL Financial’s new Fee-Based Variable Annuity platform can manage VA subaccounts just like mutual funds. (Photo at LPL’s San Diego office.)

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.

Will New Retirees Rush to Spend Their Savings?

A study by MIT's James Poterba (left) and others shows that current retirees tend to hoard 401(k) and traditional IRA assets, along with home equity, against possible future emergencies.

Growth Spurt for VAs in Q4 and 2010: LIMRA

The stock market rally drove a double-digit rise in VA sales in the fourth quarter of 2010. Index annuities had another record year, but other fixed annuities suffered.

Putnam adapts ‘Absolute Return 500 Fund’ for VAs

Putnam Investments launched four Absolute Return Funds in January 2009 that aimed to match the returns of short-term securities, bonds, balanced funds and stocks, respectively, but with less risk.

‘New generation’ VAs proposed for Australians

The Australian government should try to deal with longevity risk by developing a “new generation variable annuities market,” according to the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

The Bucket

Late-breaking items from Principal Funds and MassMutual.