A Short Cut to Long-Term Care Insurance

United of Omaha, Genworth Life, Bankers Life, and OneAmerica have introduced LTC/annuity hybrids in the run-up to January 1, 2010, when distributions from annuities to pay nursing home bills will be tax-free.

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is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.

Look Homeward, Seeker of Liquidity

During a market crisis, a reverse mortgage home equity line of credit (ReLOC) can be a lifeline of ready cash for homeowners ages 62 and older. Don Graves of HECM Advisors Group explains.
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Future of VAs a ‘Wildcard,’ Conning Says

“We'll have to see how this market plays out,” said Terence Martin, vice president of insurance research at Hartford-based Conning Research and Consulting.

Fitch Downgrades Nationwide Mutual to “A”

VA writers like Nationwide continue to be under pressure from the decline in equity market values, which have required additional general account reserves to cover guarantees, Fitch said.

Got Anger? ShareOwners.Org Cites Investor Indignation

ShareOwners.org wants stronger regulation of the securities industry, increased accountability of corporate boards and CEOs, greater financial transparency and protection of the legal rights of investors.