VA Net Flows ‘Grim’ in 4Q 2012: Morningstar

“A spike in outflows from group contracts and continued large outflows from companies that have exited the business were the major components of the precipitous drop," wrote Morningstar's Frank O'Connor in his quarterly sales report.

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?

Allianz Life’s Index Annuity Winning Streak

In this second article in a four-part series on the fixed index annuity (FIA) business, we profile Allianz Life, the top issuer of FIAs in the US in 18 of the last 19 years. (Image, in Allianz blue, is from an Allianz Life video.)
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Income-Generating Annuities Prospered in 2012

Investors are avoiding low-yield, accumulation-style fixed deferred annuities. Meanwhile, babyboomers seem to be flocking to fixed indexed annuities with rich living benefits or to deferred income annuities. Both provide guaranteed lifetime income streams.

Buybacks are Buoying the Bull

Something other than fundamental value is driving the stock market, warns the chairman of TrimTabs Investment Research and portfolio manager of the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF.
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Customers are people, British asset managers remind themselves

"Our client may be a pension fund, our client may be a life company, but at the end of that chain is a real person that is relying on us to do something that is very, very important to them,” said Daniel Godfrey of the Investment Management Association.

Customers are people, British asset managers remind themselves

"Our client may be a pension fund, our client may be a life company, but at the end of that chain is a real person that is relying on us to do something that is very, very important to them,” said Daniel Godfrey of the Investment Management Association.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from New York Life, Curian Capital and Genworth Financial.