During 3Q 2013, carriers filed 84 annuity product changes. AXA Equitable made a buyout offer, several carriers limited new payments to contracts, and Jackson National made living benefits available on joint life products again, according to Morningstar's quarterly update.
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.
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?
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.)
Recent surveys of plan participants and IRA owners from Cerulli Associates and the Investment Company Institute shed light on a pivotal question: Which type of account will most Boomers draw their retirement incomes from?
The statement, 'The more the government borrows, the more it has to pay for its borrowing,' is sometimes true and sometimes false, writes this economist and author.
A new study by economists at Stanford and the University of Utah suggests that less-productive workers start working harder when local unemployment rates go up.
On Nov. 1, Harbinger unit Fidelity & Guaranty Life announced it would leave Maryland and relocate to Iowa for that state’s “deep insurance talent pool, sophisticated regulatory approach to indexed products, and strong business climate.” In August, FGL filed for an IPO.
High inflation also "discourages full-time work and encourages partial and full retirement,” according to a trio of researchers from UC-Berkeley, the University of Michigan and the Social Security Administration.
"As retirement evolves into a more flexible yet complicated life stage, financial services providers could benefit from understanding the multiple stages of retirement better," says SRI Consulting-Business Intelligence.
Brief or late-breaking items from New York Life, MassMutual, Towers Watson, Jackson National, Fidelity Investments and Guardian Life.