Traitor VIX

Volatility is the most treacherous risk for VA issuers, and complex hedging strategies are the answer. That’s the view from the Equity-Based Insurance Guarantees conference in Chicago this week.

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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Experts with Unrealistic Expectations

“We urge you to work together to reach a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff and take concrete steps to restore the United States’ long-term fiscal footing,” the CEOs of the largest U.S. financial services companies wrote to the president and Congress last month.

A Man Without a Plan

Obama’s chief economic adviser is Gene Sperling, head of the National Economic Council. Unlike the typical academic economist, Sperling concentrates on practical things that might lift the economy, writes Shiller, the well-known Yale economist.
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“Quote” of the Week

"Although reducing the fiscal tightening scheduled to occur next year would boost output and employment in the short run, doing so without imposing a comparable amount of additional tightening in future years would reduce the nation’s output and income in the longer run"--Congressional Budget Office, November 2012.