The End of the VA Arms Race

The variable annuity "arms race" is over, a victim of the equity crash, low interest rates, and the destructive effects of competition for market share - mainly among publicly held life insurers. Here's a three-part look at what has happened, why it happened, and what could happen next in the "living benefit" space.

Trends RIJ Will Track in 2021

When will annuities be loved? After all the creative destruction of the past 10 years, what’s next for the annuity industry? Which trends will persist? Which products will flourish? We discuss the trends that Retirement Income Journal expects to cover in 2021 and beyond.

The Catch-22 of In-Plan Annuities

Fixed deferred annuities may be the most promising candidates for inclusion in 401(k) plans. But in order to adapt these contracts to the defined contribution space, they must lose some of the 'illiquidity' that helps make annuities valuable. Some innovative solutions are now on the market.

Bermuda Triangle Part IV: The Reinsurance Angle

Publicly-held life insurers are using reinsurance to improve their balance sheets. But at what cost? 'I believe that many of these blocks of business are only being funded in part with real assets,' a forensic accountant told RIJ.
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Mr. Indexed Annuity Goes To Washington

On a sultry afternoon in Washington, the Capitol looked stark, lonely, and forbidding. But NAFA members persevered in their long-planned "March to the Hill" to enlist legislators in a bi-partisan fight against SEC Rule 151A.

Prudential Retirement Weds GLWB to TDF

The new offering, a group variable annuity called IncomeFlex Target or IFX Target, is designed to be fully automatic. If not exactly a “cradle-to-grave” plan for qualified plan participants, it's potentially a “first-job-to-grave” plan.
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Regulatory Cloud Stifles EIA Market

Only two new EIA contracts were issued in the first quarter of 2009, both with bonuses and both with mandatory GLWBs. They were Forethought Life’s single-premium Income 125 and American Equity’s flexible-premium Retirement Gold.

Without Golden, Will MassMutual’s RMA Lose Its Glow?

Jerry Golden has retired from Mass Mutual, leaving uncertainty over the future of the Retirement Management Account. MassMutual says the RMA, a tool for building income annuity ladders, "remains available."