At Your Service: Courting the Affluent Tennis Fan

Prudential Financial, Raymond James, ING, Fidelity Investments and E*Trade all advertised during the French Open final between Rafael Nadal (above) and Roger Federer on NBC TV last Sunday--all vying for the "elite demographic" that follows tennis.

Examining the Indices in Index-Linked Annuities

A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.

The Point of Indexing (in Annuities)

Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.

The Irony of Inflation Forecasting (Research Roundup)

In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.
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Beams to help merge ING retirement units in advance of IPO

Maliz Beams previously served as president and CEO of TIAA-CREF’s Individual and Institutional Services, where she founded the Wealth Management business and re-launched IRAs, Insurance Products and Private Asset Management.

In Italy, annuity demand correlates with wealth and education

Italians were asked: ‘Imagine you are 65-years old and will receive an inflation-adjusted pension of €1,000 a month. Would you give up that half of that pension in exchange for an immediate lump sum of €60,000? Of €80,000? Of €100,000?’

Let’s Not Panic Over the Deficit

“The current weak state of many economies argues against implementing budget cuts in the next couple of years,” says a new pamphlet from the Peterson Institute for International Economics.