Talking Annuities with AIG’s Todd Solash

Solash, who leads AIG's Individual Retirement business, spoke with us about the company's approach to the annuity market. The NAIC recently reported AIG's overall Life and Retirement businesses as having an industry-leading $18.4 billion in sales.

Risks that Can Ruin a Retirement, Part II

In retirement, "risk" can turn from an object of pursuit to an object of avoidance. In the second installment of a two-part article, our guest columnist continues his discussion of financial and other risks that retirees and advisors should anticipate.

Risks That Can Ruin a Retirement

In the first of a two-article series, the retirement expert, author and editor enumerates and describes the many risks that retirees face. (Spoiler alert: Mortality is not one of them.)
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VA Update from Ernst & Young

Leading up to the May 1 deadline for contract changes, issuers continued to tinker with every aspect of their contracts--to reduce overall risk and to align their compensation formulas with advisor preferences.
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Letter to the Editor

Curtis Cloke, an Iowa-based financial advisor and deferred income annuity specialist, responds to last week's lead story, "Channel Surfing for Low-Cost SPIAs."

Social Security trustees issue annual report

The Social Security and Disability Insurance trust funds may be a figment of accounting, but the funds' trustees continue to calculate the changes in payroll tax rates and/or benefit levels that would keep the funds solvent until the last surviving Boomer reaches age 121.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking news from New York Life, Bankers Life and Casualty, F-Squared Investments, AnnuitySpecs and National Planning Holdings.

Speculation About Jackson National

If Jackson National de-risks its variable annuity offerings, it would merely be following the example of competitors like Prudential and MetLife. Jackson's parent also has to consider Solvency II.