Dark Horse Candidate

How did upstart Jackson National Life get near the top of the VA heap? And why are so many advisors nervous that it may 'de-risk' its popular Perspective contract? JNL EVP Clifford Jack tells RIJ all that he can...

Risks that Can Ruin a Retirement, Part II

In retirement, "risk" can turn from an object of pursuit to an object of avoidance. In the second installment of a two-part article, our guest columnist continues his discussion of financial and other risks that retirees and advisors should anticipate.

Risks That Can Ruin a Retirement

In the first of a two-article series, the retirement expert, author and editor enumerates and describes the many risks that retirees face. (Spoiler alert: Mortality is not one of them.)

How Seeking Alpha Seeks Alpha—from Israel

At Seeking Alpha’s Tel Aviv headquarters, RIJ talked to the firm’s CEO, Eli Hoffmann, about how the blogger-clearinghouse makes a ton of money helping people who are trying to make a ton of money in the markets. (Photo of Hoffmann by RIJ.)
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Mutual Satisfaction

What "story" helps you sell VAs? Mark Caner of Western & Southern describes his firm's contract as a safe, nimble, fuel-efficient vehicle for cruising through retirement.
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Wells Fargo leads banks in annuity sales

Ten large bank holding companies accounted for about $563 million or more than 64% of the $748.2 million in bank annuity income in the first quarter.

Death rates vary by gender, ethnicity and location

Though widely feared, Alzheimer’s disease was officially blamed for only seven percent of deaths among the elderly in 2009, according to a data brief from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Voters of all stripes want Wall Street swept clean

A poll sponsored by AARP and others found that 83% of Democrats, 73% of independents and 68% of Republicans favor a single federal agency dedicated to protecting consumers from financial fraud and misconduct.

Fixed annuity sales improve in 1Q 2011

"Though low by historical standards, fixed annuity rates were higher than in fourth quarter 2010," said Jeremy Alexander, president and CEO of Beacon Research.

In Search of a Safer Bet

Asset transfer programs and managed risk funds are playing a significant role in revitalizing the VA industry, and their benefits may ultimately reach the wider world of investing, writes this close follower of the annuity business.