Examining the Indices in Index-Linked Annuities

A mountain biker needs 18 or 21 gears to smooth a path over rocks and through arroyos. Index-linked annuities now collectively offer some 140 index choices. Hybrid indices can theoretically smooth an investor’s path through rocky markets--but they're complicated.

The Point of Indexing (in Annuities)

Every June, RIJ focuses on indexed annuities. Last year, we studied options in indexed annuities. This year we consider the indexes themselves, especially 'hybrid' and 'volatility-controlled' indexes. Bryan Anderson, Don Dady and David Lau weighed in.

The Irony of Inflation Forecasting (Research Roundup)

In this month's roundup, we learn that CEOs pay little attention to inflation. We also find out why retirees keep saving, why "centaurs" pick stocks so well, which financial biases keep people poor, and how working longer affects male mortality.
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Prudential To Launch TV Ad Campaign

In other news, Prudential said gross variable annuity sales for the third quarter reached a record $5.8 billion, compared to $2.5 billion a year ago. Net sales were $4.4 billion in the quarter.

With Stocks, the “Enemy Is Us”

Investor sentiment leads rather than follows the market, two economists say. And that may make stocks fundamentally risky.

RIJ Reaches a Milestone

Next week, Retirement Income Journal will begin charging a subscription fee. Our readers say we're worth it.