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.

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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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."