Jackson Hits the Alt-Option Key

Jackson National Life's newest variable annuity contract, Elite Access, offers a variety of high-turnover alternative investment options inside a tax-deferred wrapper--and no living benefits.

Thanks-givings (Not Misgivings) about Social Security

This year I'm claiming the Social Security benefits that I've earned on my own work record. I'm old enough now to be truly thankful for Social Security, whose future is precisely as certain, as fair, and as bountiful as we decide it will be.

The Alt-Asset Teams that Reinvent Annuity Companies

'Insurance Solutions' groups use private assets to boost the returns of life/annuity company investment portfolios. RIJ talks with Todd Fonner of Investcorp Insurance Solutions about this trend.

One Life Insurer’s Pivot to Private Assets

American Equity Investment Life’s ‘AEL 2.0’ strategy is designed to help it thrive even in a low yield environment. Allocating up to 40% of its money to ‘private assets’ is key to the fixed annuity specialist's plan.
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Alternatives Move to Center Stage

Over the next five years, 55% of advisors see their allocation to alternative investments increasing “moderately” and 11.1% see it increasing “substantially,” according to a Jefferson National survey.
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Dissolve Solvency II’s capital requirements?

The Dutch Social Affairs minister, a phalanx of pension-sponsoring industry associations, and European insurers are all protesting the stringent capital requirements proposed under Solvency II, the regulatory regime that would harmonize Europe's insurance standards.

Towers Watson downgrades intermediate bonds

In the medium-term, as private-sector deleveraging problems fade, there is likely to be a stronger and faster cyclical recovery than most intermediate bond markets appear to be pricing, the consulting firm said.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Credit Suisse, The Standard, OneAmerica, LPL Financial, Advisor Software Inc., Oliver Wyman, and the Bank of Montreal.

Six Annuities for the Wealthy

Contrary to conventional wisdom, high net worth individuals can benefit from owning annuities. It just has to be the right kind of annuity.