Float Through Retirement on a CDA

Contingent deferred annuities (CDAs) are income guarantees for managed accounts. Their biggest regulatory hurdle may have been cleared last February, when an NAIC committee agreed that CDAs are annuities and not financial guaranty insurance.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?

Life Insurers’ Bermuda Triangle, Part II

The humble fixed indexed annuity is at the center of the restructuring hurricane that has swept through the life insurance industry in recent years. We bring you the second article in a series on the topic.
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Contingent Deferred Annuities: Still a Rare Bird

Only two life insurers—Transamerica Advisors Life and Great-West Life & Annuity—can be said to be actively marketing contingent deferred annuities, aka stand-alone living benefits. Phoenix is on the cusp.
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Discount rates fall, pension liabilities rise

In June, the discount rate used to calculate pension liabilities fell to 4.32% from 4.56%, raising the PBO to $1.698 trillion at the end of the month. The overall asset value for these 100 pensions increased from $1.263 trillion to $1.283 trillion.

“Quote” of the Week

"Money, no longer tied to gold or any other firm anchor, can be created instantly, in infinite quantities, on the technocrats' say-so. And so long as factories have spare capacity and unemployment keeps wages in check, there is unlikely to be any significant penalty from inflation"--Sebastian Mallaby, "Europe's Optional Catastrophe," Foreign Affairs, July/August 2012.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Jackson National, Guardian Life and BNY Mellon.

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Frugality

Everyone seems to agree that business has been crazy-slow this summer, thanks to election year paralysis. A bonus feature: My theory on why our monetary system functions like a bathroom sink.