Research Roundup

We summarize four recent papers: 'Portfolios for Long-Term Investors,' 'What is the Value of Annuities?,' 'Public Economics and Inequality: Uncovering Our Social Nature,' and 'Financial and Total Wealth Inequality with Low Interest Rates.'

An Annuity’s ‘Moneyness’? There’s an App for That

How will variable annuity contract owners use their income benefits? That question is vital to annuity issuers and to fiduciary advisers with clients who own VAs. This Texas Dep't of Insurance actuary knows a product that can help them find out.

A Chip Off the Old Rock?

Bloomberg reported this week that Prudential is considering selling its retirement plan recordkeeping business. Prudential didn't confirm the report, but several industry insiders did. Low interest rates, high costs of IT makeovers, and sticky stable value fund guarantees are driving the move, RIJ was told.
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AIG looks for new CEO

The AIG Companies are among the largest issuers of fixed and variable annuities, with $13.6 billion in total annuities sales through the first three-quarters of 2016.

As expected, Fed nudges target rate higher

'In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 0.75% to 1%,' said a March 15 Federal Reserve press release.

Honorable Mention

Brief or late-breaking items from Voya Financial, The Retirement Equity Laboratory at the New School, and Kehrer-Bielan consultants.