A $100 Billion Market for SPIAs?

Income annuities aren't a good product fit for every insurance company. But for New York Life, a mutual company with tons of reserves and a big book of life insurance, they make perfect sense.

FIAs for Retirement Income (Why Not?)

In this last article in our series on fixed indexed annuities, we consider the potential role of FIAs in providing retirees with guaranteed lifetime income. We find FIAs to be valuable, but underused for that purpose.

The Derivatives that Power Index Annuities

FIA owners can pick from an array of choices as cryptic as those on a roulette table. But if they don't understand options, how can they evaluate these safe but esoteric insurance products?

Allianz Life’s Index Annuity Winning Streak

In this second article in a four-part series on the fixed index annuity (FIA) business, we profile Allianz Life, the top issuer of FIAs in the US in 18 of the last 19 years. (Image, in Allianz blue, is from an Allianz Life video.)
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Solving the SPIA compensation puzzle

By re-valuing each client's annuity contract each day, New York Life enables advisors to charge a fee based on the (shrinking) cost of replacing the income stream.

A Month of SPIAs

Starting with today’s issue, we’ll devote four weeks of cover stories and features to single premium immediate annuities. Millions of mass=affluent Americans will need them.
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New MetLife GMIB Offers 6%

In 2010, MetLife sold about $18.3 billion worth of variable annuities, of which about two-thirds have the GMIB option.

Financial services M&A to accelerate in 2011: PwC US

Divestitures should drive a significant portion of deal activity in 2011, PwC said. Large banks and insurance companies that need to bolster capital levels are divesting non-core operations and margin-dilutive subsidiaries.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from DST Systems, Senior Market Sales, Conning Research, BNY Mellon, Mutual of Omaha, Mesirow Financial, ASPPA, Lockton Retirement Services, Huntington Investment Co., Allianz Global Investors and Putnam.