How TOPS Avoids Bottoms

2012 was the first full year of performance of a managed volatility strategy designed by Milliman for TOPS Protected Portfolios and used in Ohio National, Nationwide and Minnesota Life variable annuities with rich GLWBs. The market threw it a curve ball last June.

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?

Allianz Life’s Index Annuity Winning Streak

In this second article in a four-part series on the fixed index annuity (FIA) business, we profile Allianz Life, the top issuer of FIAs in the US in 18 of the last 19 years. (Image, in Allianz blue, is from an Allianz Life video.)
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Guardian Life launches deferred income annuity

"There’s such a great need for income-producing products, that there's no threat of cannibalizing sales” between Guardian Life's variable annuity with living benefits and its new deferred income annuity, said Guardian's Doug Dubitsky.

From Prudential, Prudent Forecasts for 2013

“We’re overweight stocks across the world. We’re also overweight high-yield bonds even though the rally there has been going on a long time,” said Edward F. Keon of Quantitative Management Associates, a unit of Prudential Financial.
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DTCC protests swaps data reporting rules

A proposed CFTC rule would require that customers who trade derivatives at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange must direct their cleared trades to the CME’s own captive swap data repository.

Simplifying the British national pension is complicated

Starting in 2017, Britain will switch from a double-tier national pension to a single-tier system. Workers must contribute for at least 10 years to get the minimum benefit. For the maximum benefit, they must contribute for 35 years, up from 30 years.

Our events calendar is now up to date

More than 30 professional and trade group meetings and conferences in 2013 are now posted on the RIJ home page, under the Events button on the menu bar, just below our logo.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Nationwide, Neuberger Berman, Symetra, and Phoenix Marketing.