Morningstar’s ‘Secret Sauce’

Speaking at the 2011 Morningstar/Ibbotson Conference in Orlando, Roger Ibbotson (above) described low-liquidity as a largely unrecognized source of alpha in stocks and mutual funds.

Examining the Indices in Index-Linked Annuities

A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.

The Point of Indexing (in Annuities)

Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.

The Irony of Inflation Forecasting (Research Roundup)

In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.
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In 2010, VA Industry Thrived and Consolidated

Of $136.6 billion in total sales, $21.5 billion represented new cash flow, up from $17 billion in 2009. But the net cash flow was the third lowest in 12 years, after 2005’s net flow of $20.4 billion.
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New Barclays Capital index enables policy arbitrage

“The spread between European and US short-term rates... presents the possibility of extracting value,” said Jose Mazoy, Director, Index Portfolio and Risk Solutions at Barclays Capital.

No sex please, we’re British

A high court in Britain has apparently barred U.K. insurers from using gender as a factor in calculating insurance rates, including payout rates for retail income annuities. One expert observer predicted "unintended consequences."

The Bucket

Late-breaking items and briefs from Ernst & Young, Charles Schwab, Scarborough, Symetra, MassMutual, Lincoln Financial, Fidelity and Jackson National.

New Income Solutions for Long Retirements

With the numbers of people over age 100 growing rapidly, there is an equally growing need for advisors to consider an array of retirement income solutions.

Why the Government Should Not Issue Annuities

Jeffrey Brown, Ph.D., disagrees with Henry T.C. Hu and Terrrance Odean's proposal for a government-sponsored, inflation-indexed individual annuity. The proposal was reported in last week's issue of RIJ.