Jack of Alternatives

"I believe that alternative investments—in four broad categories—are areas where people should diversify," said former Jackson National Life executive Clifford Jack in an interview with RIJ. His book, 'Generation Alt,' was published last summer.

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.
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First Investors launches flexible-premium longevity annuity

“Sales of our single pay deferred income annuity, which we introduced last year, have been three or four times what we projected," said Carol Springsteen, president of First Investors Life, subsidiary of The Independent Order of Foresters.
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About That White House Memo on IRAs

A memo on White House letterhead dated January 13 has rekindled both hopes and fears that the Department of Labor might soon re-propose restrictions on the kinds of transactions that advisors and brokers can recommend to IRA owners.

New issue of The Journal of Retirement published

The Winter edition of the journal includes articles by experts previously cited or quoted in RIJ, including Anna Rappaport, Jodi Strakosch, Sylvester Schieber, and editor Sandy Mackenzie, plus several authors that may be new to RIJ readers.