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.

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

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.

Tell Us What You Really Think

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.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

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?

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.