No Fluke: Income Annuity Sales are for Real

Sales of income annuities may soon breach the $10 billion-a-year barrier. We talked to the Numbers 2 through 5 SPIA sellers in the U.S.: MetLife, MassMutual, Pacific Life (whose symbol is the humpback whale), and Nationwide.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)

What Advisors Want from Annuity Issuers

This week, RIJ received a press copy of “What Advisors Want from Annuity and Insurer Providers-2019,” a study by Practical Perspectives, a Boxford, MA-based financial services market research firm.
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‘We Should All Work To Age 70’

Guest columnist Smorenberg, chairman of the World Pension Summit, says that we should all--individuals, companies and institutions--be planning for a standard retirement age of 70.
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Sun Life ‘nets’ Celtics branding rights

Sun Life’s brand will be featured throughout the Courtside Club, including entry and directional signage, as well as on staff uniforms and courtside tickets and passes required for club admission.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from Putnam Investments, Nationwide, Allianz Life, and the SPARK Institute.

Separately managed account inflows rebound in 2012: TrimTabs

“Separate accounts investing in bonds and foreign equities attracted $59 billion and $16 billion, respectively, in the first quarter. In contrast, $48.5 billion flowed out of U.S. equity separate accounts in that period,” said TrimTabs' Minyi Chen.