How to End ‘Annuicide’

Compensation-wise, income annuities can backfire for many advisors. An industry committee wants to solve the problem, but it’s not easy.

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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Reading the Minds of the Affluent

Cogent Research has tapped into the attitudes of wealthy retirees and pre-retirees toward retirement income products.
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Auto-enrollees save less, Aon Hewitt study shows

A survey suggests that not all is rosy in 401(k) land. At 120 large plans, the median account balance is under $25,000, 30% of participants have loans, and 3-year annualized returns are under 2%.

Downtick in GLB elections: LIMRA

Year-over-year, the election rate fell by one percentage point, to 86%, in the first quarter of 2011 for all types of guaranteed living benefits.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from DST, Lincoln Financial, Symetra and Prudential.

Always Protect Your Story

Two weeks ago, when Prudential plc's CEO told analysts that he envisioned unspecified risk reductions in Jackson National's VA by end of year, he clearly didn’t realize that his statement could muddy Jackson's well-honed "story."