Talking DIAs with Matt Grove of NY Life

New York Life launched its Guaranteed Future Income Annuity, a deferred income product, in mid-2011 and has found traction among pre-retirees who want income about 10 years later. We spoke about it with Matthew Grove, vice president of Guaranteed Lifetime Income at the mutual insurer.

Research Roundup

Almost every controversial subject in the US today--from Fed policy to machine learning to immigration--contains an element or theme related to retirement policy. The articles reviewed in this month's Research Roundup are proof of that.

‘iTDFs’ Smooth the Bumps of Retirement Income

A former chief actuary of Denmark seeks a US target date fund company that might use his technology, the 'iTDF,' to create a seamless transition from pre-retirement savings to safe income during the first 20 years of retirement.

A Revolt Against PE-Led Annuity Issuers

Matt Zagula is an annuity wholesaler and fixed indexed annuity (FIA) designer. He and forensic accountant Tom Gober created the TSR ratio, a scale for rating FIA issuers. Mutual and fraternal insurers score best; private equity-led life insurers score worst.
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Philadelphia Story

Mackenzie, author of two books on pensions and annuities, attended the Pension Research Council’s conference on “The Market for Retirement Financial Advice” two weeks ago at the Wharton School and wrote this summary.
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Top five SPIA sellers, 2003-2011

None of the top five sellers of single-premium immediate annuities in 2003 were among the top five in 2011, and SPIA sales have become more concentrated among the top five sellers over the past nine years, according to data from Beacon Research.

Bond funds grew again in April: Morningstar

Domestic stock funds saw net outflows of $9.3 bn and money market funds saw net outflows of $17.3 bn. This story includes a chart of ten mutual fund families with highest net inflows in April and a link to Morningstar's full report.

Quote of the Week

“Money is created in two fundamentally different ways… There is outside money, which is created whenever a government pays for something by making a draft on its central bank or by paying for something with banknotes, and which is extinguished when a payment is made by a member of the public to the government, typically in the form of taxes… On the other hand there is inside money, which is created by commercial banks when they make loans, and which ceases to exist when loans are repaid.” – Wynne Godley and Marc Lavoie, Monetary Economics, 2nd ed., 2012, p. 57.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Mercer, The Hartford, ING U.S., Edward Jones, Harris Polls, Nationwide Financial, Woodbine Associates, JPMorgan, Fidelity Investments, and FutureAdvisor.

No Tower of Babel, or Babble, from Babbel

If you're engaged in selling or marketing income annuities, you must read this 2007 white paper by Wharton professor David Babbel. It's an enduring classic.