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.

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.
Featured

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.
News

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.