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.
At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.
Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?
Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
“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.
“A mutual funds/fixed annuity combination” and “variable annuities with a guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit” were the “most attractive” options for retirement income planning/distribution.
The Center, directed by Kenn Beam Tacchino, JD, offers technical knowledge to financial advisors and agents in matters related to the retirement decisions facing clients.
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.
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.
Effective yields ranged from 1.75% for a two-year contract with a one-year bonus to 5.25% for a 10-year contract.