Making More Than Peanuts at MetLife

The financially fit, well-diversified insurer collected almost twice as much in annuity premiums as its closest competitor in the first quarter of 2009, benefiting from a “flight to quality” in the wake of last year’s economic meltdown.

‘SIMON’ Makes Indexed Annuities Simpler

Originally a platform for distributing structured notes to broker-dealers, SIMON is adding index-linked annuities to its product suite. Prudential is both an investor and, as of today, a product provider.

Annuities and the Charles Schwab Deal

Most of the annuities now on the Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade platforms are offered by mutual or foreign-owned life insurers. Lincoln Financial is the sole exception.
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NAVA Steps Up Its Lobbying Game

NAVA has moved from the Virginia suburbs to downtown Washington, the better to lobby Congress on behalf of annuity manufacturers and distributors. But the Association for Insured Retirement Solutions, as NAVA has called itself for the past two years, won't reveal its new name or acronym until July.
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Matrix Of Corruption

Journalist and scholar Ed Epstein examines New York's ongoing public pension scandal, and the “placement agents” who use their political contacts, financial experience, powers of persuasion, and other means to extract pension fund money for private equity firms.