MetLife’s VA Sales are Missed

Total annuity sales are down for the quarter and the first nine months of the year, according to LIMRA. If not for MetLife’s pull-back, variable annuity sales would be close to last year’s pace.

Tell Us What You Really Think

At the LIMRA-Society of Actuaries Retirement Industry Conference in Baltimore last week, Scott Stolz from Raymond James, Greg Jaeck from Edward Jones and Jarrod Fisher from Simplicity Financial Distributors delivered frank opinions about annuities and annuity issuers.

Why Indexed Annuity Sales Are So Strong

Many factors are driving the increase in indexed annuity sales: More manufacturers, better products, more distributors, competitive commissions, aging boomers, and relaxed regulation. But does the bubble contain the seeds of its own deflation?

Lessons from a Living (DC) Experiment

Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
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Easy Does It

“We will want to be sure that the recovery is established before we begin to normalize policy,” Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said in a speech yesterday.

When rates rise, will bond fund owners bolt?

History shows that intermediate-term bond funds are likely to see less flight than junk bond funds, a Schwab executive writes in the Journal of Financial Planning.
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Bull run

Equity and fixed income funds appreciated by $1 trillion through October, according to the latest report from Strategic Insight.

Judge rules for participants in ERISA suit

In an ERISA fiduciary suit brought by 401k plan participants, a Minnesota judge has denied most of the motions by the attorneys for the plan sponsor, Ameriprise Financial, to dismiss the complaint.

“Quote” of the Week

"Intelligence is knowing what to do when you don't know what to do"--Anonymous.