Plugging Leaks in VA Guarantees

VA issuers can’t keep bearing so many of the contract risks. Milliman's Ken Mungan (above) and Deep Patel suggest three ways to make VA manufacturing more sustainable.

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.

Marshmallows and Social Security

Should US retirees delay claiming Social Security until age 70, even if they have to spend savings until then? The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College proposes that strategy as a default option in retirement plans.

New VA Contracts from Smaller Issuers

After highlighting new VA contracts from big issuers last week, we now turn to four new products from second-tier or regional insurers, all of them with sturdy A-level strength ratings from Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s.

Reflections of a VA-Selling Advisor

Jay Hauenstein, a dually-licensed advisor in Mississippi who manages about $10 million in VA assets, looks for contracts with strong roll-ups and death benefits.

With BP Investments, Pensions Win or Lose

BP's falling share price has cost the NY state pension fund more than $30 million, but NJ's public pension fund earned a $5.5 million profit from its investment in BP plc.

SEC Proposes More Disclosures for TDFs

Under one proposed rule, marketing materials that include a date in a target date fund’s name must also disclose the fund’s asset allocation at the target date.