Closer to Where You Belong

Whither the variable annuity business? We asked Bruce Ferris of Prudential, Liz Forget of MetLife, Eric Henderson of Nationwide Financial, Dan Herr of Lincoln Financial Group, Richard Moran, formerly of Symetra, Alison Reed of Jackson National Life Distributors, and Cathy Weatherford of the Insured Retirement Institute.

Research Roundup

For weeks, interesting studies have been gushing from the National Bureau of Economic Research and elsewhere on the economic implications of COVID-19. We've selected and summarized seven of them for you.

With BluePrint Income, AARP Ups its Ante on Annuity Sales

AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser. 

We Could Use Some Inflation

The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.
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SPIAs Are Slow to Pay Off: Kitces and Pfau

New research from Michael Kitces and Wade Pfau suggests that many people—especially if they don’t live longer than average—would be better off starting out with half their money in stocks and half in bonds, and then gradually reducing their bond allocation over time.

Law Professor Goes Postal

Yale law professor Ian Ayres sent a provocative letter to thousands of plan sponsors. But his research is more temperate than his mail.
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UK ponders ‘Defined Ambition,’ a path from DB to DC

A centrally-managed pool of defined benefit funds would aim for a target participant benefit of 1/80th of salary per year of service, based on a combined employer/employee contribution of 20% of salary. But participants would share some of the investment risk.

Prudential’s challenge to SIFI status heard

Prudential announced July 2, the deadline, that it would challenge its designation as a SIFI and seek a hearing. That same day, American International Group and GE Capital announced that they had accepted such a designation, the first non-banks to do so.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Nationwide, Spain, New York Life, Transamerica and T. Rowe Price.