Act V of the VA Drama

In an effort to de-risk its book of GMIB business, Transamerica Life is offering to buy back the benefit. And one firm, Achaean Financial, wants to help insurers convert some of their living benefits to immediate variable annuities. Is this the start of a trend?

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?
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The American Recovery

"America’s full recovery is not yet guaranteed. A mix of steadfastness, caution, and good luck is needed for that to happen," writes the CEO and co-CIO of PIMCO.
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Fiserv launches ‘Retirement Illustrator’

Retirement Illustrator is intended to help advisors present retirement spending requirements and distribution alternatives, accounting for risk events such as withdrawal, longevity, survivor needs and healthcare risks.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from DST Brokerage Solutions, Broadridge, BNY Mellon, SIGNiX, VERTEX, Allianz Life, the U.S. Treasury Department, Nataxis Global Investment Management, EBRI, Financial Executives International and Allianz Global Investors.

Mad Men

The leitmotif of the Retirement/Pension track of the Society of Actuaries Investment Symposium in New York on Monday was that risky assets and pensions mix like, say, metallic sodium and water. Explosively, that is.