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?

The Five Most Important Retirement Income Decisions

'Many of the decisions presented here are beyond the skills of most pre-retirees and retirees,' writes the author, a research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity. 'They’re going to need help.'

A Closer Look at CLOs (and Other U.S. Credit)

Bond mavens, check this out. A new SEC report describes how most of the $54-trillion dollar U.S. credit market survived last spring's financial crisis. It covers securitized 'leveraged loans,' which provide high-octane fuel for fixed indexed annuity issuers.

She’s Got Advice for Life Insurers

'Insurers can't remain wedded to product sales, which are becoming commoditized in a future that trends toward financial advice,' says industry veteran Michelle Richter, who just launched Fiduciary Insurance Services, LLC.
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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.