Off the Grid

As the DOL rule changes the role of the employee-advisor, the mode of compensating and incentivizing advisors may need to evolve. And that may spell changes in the almighty “grid.”

Modeling Variable Annuity Owner Behavior

Americans own almost $900 billion worth of variable annuities with lifetime income guarantees. Uncertainty over the way policyholders and their advisers might use the contracts can keep life insurer actuaries up at night. They often turn to Ruark Consulting for guidance.

Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021

When will annuities be loved? After all the creative destruction of the past 10 years, what’s next for the annuity industry? Which trends will persist? Which products will flourish? We discuss the trends that Retirement Income Journal expects to cover in 2021 and beyond.

The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities

Fixed deferred annuities may be the most promising candidates for inclusion in 401(k) plans. But in order to adapt these contracts to the defined contribution space, they must lose some of the 'illiquidity' that helps make annuities valuable. Some innovative solutions are now on the market.

The Least Bad Choice for President

At a time when the country needs a smart young technocrat without baggage, we must choose between two oldsters who together carry more baggage than all the major airlines combined.

MetLife retail business will be Brighthouse Financial

The separation will allow MetLife to focus “on our group business in the U.S… and our international operations,” said Steven A. Kandarian, MetLife chairman, president and CEO, in a release.

Who has skin in the presidential race? Not insurers!

Low interest rates were cited as the biggest industry threat (by 37.6% of insurers), followed by increased regulations (26.2%), competition (19.3%) and antiquated business models (12.4%).

Conning expects lower annuity sales in 2016-2017

'The greatest disruption will be seen in mid-sized and large insurers with greater focus on indexed and variable annuities,' said Steve Webersen, head of Insurance Research at Conning.

Vanguard emeritus Jack Brennan to chair FINRA

Brennan has served as FINRA’s Lead Governor since 2011. In June, FINRA announced that Robert W. Cook will become FINRA’s new chief executive in the second half of 2016.