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.
Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.
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?
'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.
"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.
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.
In its research, GAO reviewed policies regarding forced transfers of inactive accounts in six countries policies in six countries, including the U.K., Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium.
The transaction marks Prudential Retirement’s fifth longevity reinsurance deal since 2011 with Rothesay Life and the second in the past six months, according to a release.