In touting his firm's LifePath TDF-based deferred income option, Chip Castille of BlackRock emphasized that insurers should position in-plan annuities as retirement income enhancers rather than longevity risk mitigators. (I.e., appeal to greed, not fear.)
Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.
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?
The product enhancements are part of a series of investments The Hartford is making in its annuity business in recent months, the company said.
Lifetime withdrawal benefit exercise rates rose with in-the-moneyness and age of contract owners, according to Milliman's survey of 18 variable annuity issuers, including 11 top-20 issuers.
"A big bulls-eye has been painted on the employer-sponsored defined contribution system," writes the president of the Profit Sharing Council of America.
U.S. stock funds recorded their first significant outflows of the year, as the asset class lost $4.5 billion in May.
“The campaign is meant to reinforce the thinking validated by academics, that income annuities are a valuable asset class for retirement portfolios," said Steve Fisher, chief marketing officer for Retirement Income Security at New York Life.
In its 5-4 decision on Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivatives Traders, a lawsuit first filed in 2003, the high court held that liability for allegedly misleading statements in Janus' mutual fund prospectuses did not extend to the funds' investment advisers.
Brief and late-breaking items from Vanguard, the MetLife Mature Marketing Institute, Lincoln Financial Group and eRollover.