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.

Research Roundup

For weeks, interesting studies have been gushing from the National Bureau of Economic Research and elsewhere on the economic implications of COVID-19. We've selected and summarized seven of them for you.

With BluePrint Income, AARP Ups its Ante on Annuity Sales

AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser. 

We Could Use Some Inflation

The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.
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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.