Where the Wealth Is

Do you build and wholesale financial products? Cerulli reports that the giant wirehouse channel shrank slightly last year, to the benefit of the fast-growing RIA and dually-registered advisor channels.

A Second Structured Annuity Offers Income

CUNA Mutual Group invades Allianz Life airspace by launching 'Zone Income Annuity.' It's the only structured index annuity besides Allianz Life's Index Advantage Income to offer a lifetime income option. The two contracts differ in small but significant ways.

Executive Interview: PRU’s Kent Sluyter

The president of Prudential Annuities since 2017, actuary Kent Sluyter spoke with RIJ recently about financial wellness and about his firm's pivot to a new generation of individual annuities.
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Distribution of Wealth in the U.S.

This video, which has been viewed over four million times on YouTube, shows how the explosive growth of stock market wealth over the past 30 years has changed U.S. financial demographics to a degree that most Americans don't yet grasp.

When the Empire Didn’t Strike Back

Conservative reviewer Hutchinson praises Benn Steil's new book on the 1944 Bretton Woods negotiations, which documents how Britain lost its economic crown jewels at the historic conference in New Hampshire.
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DC fee disclosure has little impact: LIMRA

“The disclosure notices — or the discussion of them — did seem to improve the knowledge of those who believed they didn’t pay any fees or expenses,” said Alison Salka, corporate vice president and director of LIMRA Retirement Research.

Financial tremors shake Poland’s retirement pillars

To help reduce a general budget deficit, the government has had to divert contributions away from the second pillar, a defined contribution plan whose Polish acronym is OFE, to the Pay-As-You-Go first pillar, whose Polish acronym is ZUS.

Western & Southern introduces ‘SmartStep’ fixed annuity

SmartStep offers four years of guaranteed rates: an initial rate set by the company followed by three years of stepped-up rates. At the end of the guarantee period, the contract is credited with an annual renewal rate set by the company.