Three New Annuities to Ring in 2013

Rates may still be low, but annuity products keep coming off the assembly line. American General has a new deferred income annuity, Security Benefit a new fixed indexed annuity and Securian a new variable annuity contract.

Research Roundup

We summarize four recent papers: 'Portfolios for Long-Term Investors,' 'What is the Value of Annuities?,' 'Public Economics and Inequality: Uncovering Our Social Nature,' and 'Financial and Total Wealth Inequality with Low Interest Rates.'

An Annuity’s ‘Moneyness’? There’s an App for That

How will variable annuity contract owners use their income benefits? That question is vital to annuity issuers and to fiduciary advisers with clients who own VAs. This Texas Dep't of Insurance actuary knows a product that can help them find out.

A Chip Off the Old Rock?

Bloomberg reported this week that Prudential is considering selling its retirement plan recordkeeping business. Prudential didn't confirm the report, but several industry insiders did. Low interest rates, high costs of IT makeovers, and sticky stable value fund guarantees are driving the move, RIJ was told.
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Strategic Insights looks into “managed volatility”

A new proprietary research report asks, among other questions, whether managed volatility funds actually enhance market performance or if they sacrifice too much upside in exchange for downside protection.
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DC sponsors will go shopping, but most will just be looking: Cerulli

“More than half of plan sponsors they are likely to conduct a search for recordkeepers within the next two years,” said a senior analyst at the Boston-based research firm, which has just published a study on large and "mega" defined contribution plans.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from ING U.S., the U.S. Department of Labor, Veralytic, the Financial Planning Association, Mesirow Financial, Northwestern Mutual, and the Retirement Income Industry Association.