Let’s Concentrate on Recordkeeping

What's driving the flurry of consolidation in the defined contributon plan recordkeeping industry? RIJ asks the experts: Fred Reish, Mark Fortier, Peter Littlejohn, James Holland, Jeff Feld, Tom Clark and Nevin Adams.

‘SIMON’ Makes Indexed Annuities Simpler

Originally a platform for distributing structured notes to broker-dealers, SIMON is adding index-linked annuities to its product suite. Prudential is both an investor and, as of today, a product provider.

Annuities and the Charles Schwab Deal

Most of the annuities now on the Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade platforms are offered by mutual or foreign-owned life insurers. Lincoln Financial is the sole exception.
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What Are We Betting On?

'Central banks do not have the tools to deliver rapid, sustainable, and inclusive growth on their own. The best they can do is extend the bridge; it is up to other economic policymakers to provide an anchoring destination,' writes the former PIMCO executive.

NAFA Throws a Hail Mary on QLACs

"There is only one opportunity to make a good first impression and they may have blown it," one observer said about a letter from the National Association of Fixed Annuities to the Treasury Dept., requesting Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract status for indexed annuities.
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MetLife sues FSOC over “SIFI” designation

MetLife has long argued that the SIFI restrictions are designed for banks, and not insurance companies, because their risks are fundamentally different from banks, and because insurers are already tightly regulated by the individual states.