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.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?

Life Insurers’ Bermuda Triangle, Part II

The humble fixed indexed annuity is at the center of the restructuring hurricane that has swept through the life insurance industry in recent years. We bring you the second article in a series on the topic.
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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.