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.

Thanks-givings (Not Misgivings) about Social Security

This year I'm claiming the Social Security benefits that I've earned on my own work record. I'm old enough now to be truly thankful for Social Security, whose future is precisely as certain, as fair, and as bountiful as we decide it will be.

The Alt-Asset Teams that Reinvent Annuity Companies

'Insurance Solutions' groups use private assets to boost the returns of life/annuity company investment portfolios. RIJ talks with Todd Fonner of Investcorp Insurance Solutions about this trend.

One Life Insurer’s Pivot to Private Assets

American Equity Investment Life’s ‘AEL 2.0’ strategy is designed to help it thrive even in a low yield environment. Allocating up to 40% of its money to ‘private assets’ is key to the fixed annuity specialist's plan.
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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.