The Strongest Financial Brands Are…

In Cogent Research's Investor Brandscape 2010 survey, Vanguard, Charles Schwab and TIAA-CREF earned top honors for brand strength. But many affluent investors are mistrustful of the financial industry and uncertain about the future.

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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Heard On The Grapevine

An all-star group of RIIA members engaged in a spontaneous online debate about 'time-segmentation' bucket methods. Here’s what they said.

Employer Match Strikes a Hot Debate

Academic and industry researchers clashed over methodology, but they appear to agree that auto-enrollment in 401(k) plans might have unintended consequences on the employer matching contribution.
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Bank Annuity Fee Income Rose 12.9% in 3Qtr 2009

Through September 30, 2009, bank holding companies earned $2 billion from the sale of annuities, a 2.5% increase over the first nine months of 2008, according to the Michael White-ABIA Bank Annuity Fee Income Report.

Obama Praises Annuities, In Principle

His endorsement thrilled the Insured Retirement Institute, but a conservative talk radio host said the President wants to nationalize Americans' savings.

Sun Life, Miami Dolphins in Stadium Pact

Sun Life Stadium is now the name of the home of the Miami Dolphins, the University of Miami Hurricanes, the Florida Marlins, and the FedEx Orange Bowl. It will host this year's Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.