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.
AARP's 38 million members can now buy income annuities and fixed-rate annuities on a platform powered by fintech firm Blueprint Income. Buyers get a complimentary annual 'retirement income check-up' from a salaried, insurance-licensed adviser.
The Treasury said this week that it will borrow (and spend) about $3 trillion this quarter, to cover its stimulus promises. Where does that money come from and where does it go? 'The capital is going from one pocket to another,' explains Vanguard's active Treasury fund manager, who expects the stimulus to be withdrawn in 2022.
During a market crisis, a reverse mortgage home equity line of credit (ReLOC) can be a lifeline of ready cash for homeowners ages 62 and older. Don Graves of HECM Advisors Group explains.
“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.
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.
Jackson National decided to save its remaining $1 billion in capacity for VAs with living benefits--it sold $15.3 billion worth of VAs in the first nine months of 2012--for new sales. Exchanges into the firm's Elite Access variable annuity will still be accepted.
The TOPS Protected Balanced, Moderate Growth and Growth ETF Portfolios use a Milliman-designed equity futures strategy to buffer the fund assets from volatility.
Farewell, Orange Lion! ING U.S.’s future brand name hasn’t been disclosed, but the trademarked tagline will be “America’s Retirement Company,” according to the SEC registration statement.
Representatives at Aviva, Apollo, Guggenheim and Harbinger declined to comment on the deal, which is not completed and may still collapse.
"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.