Big Blue Longevity Dots

For Prudential Financial’s 30-second Super Bowl ad, its agency built a scoreboard-sized wall in a park in Austin, Texas and recruited hundreds of random Texans to post pie-sized blue stickers on it.

CDAs and the Law

Contingent deferred annuities (CDAs) are on the minds of insurers these days and took up a fair portion of yesterday’s seminar on securities products of insurance companies at the Practicing Law Institute in New York.

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.

Three New Annuities to Ring in 2013

Rates may still be low, but annuity products keep coming off the assembly line. American General has a new deferred income annuity, Security Benefit a new fixed indexed annuity and Securian a new variable annuity contract.

Allianz Life Launches New Bonus-Laden FIA

Allianz 222 Annuity is the third fixed indexed annuity offered through the Allianz Preferred platform, joining the previously issued 360 and 365i contracts.

Columbia creates blog to monitor securities law enforcement

The brainchild of law professor John C. Coffee Jr., the director of the law school’s Center on Corporate Governance, the blog will be a forum for debate over the effectiveness of SEC enforcement in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.

IRI announces enhanced members-only website

Known until 2008 at the National Association of Variable Annuities, the IRI has more than 500 members, including insurers, broker-dealers and distributors, asset managers, solution providers, and financial advisors.