VA Issuers Limit Inflows in 3Q: Morningstar

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.

Envestnet’s Big Annuities Play

Envestnet, with the help of six major annuity issuers, has built a platform where advisors from broker-dealers, banks and RIAs can blend insurance products and investments in the same financial plan. It's a service life insurers can't live without. But will RIAs embrace annuities?

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?
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Use These Maps to Find Boomer Wealth

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?

Four Fallacies of the Second Great Depression

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.
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Harbinger details annuity sales results for fiscal 2013

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.

First you’re retired, then you’re not

"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.

The Bucket

Brief or late-breaking items from New York Life, MassMutual, Towers Watson, Jackson National, Fidelity Investments and Guardian Life.