The “Evolution of the Annuity Industry”

Like the Ford Mustang in 1965, the variable annuity with a lifetime income rider seemed like the right Boomer product at the right time in 2006. Then came the Crisis. A new survey by Cogent Research and the Insured Retirement Institute looks at where the VA is today and where it's headed.

How Debt Affects Retirement

“Remaking Retirement? Debt in an Aging Economy," was the theme of the 65th annual symposium of the Wharton School's Pension Research Council, held last week in Philadelphia. (Photo: Kitchen and retirement makeovers sometimes occur in tandem.)
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It’s No Joke: The Fed’s Comic Book is Wrong

The educational comic book from the New York Fed means well but perpetuates the myth that money was created in the private sector to facilitate barter and enabled commerce to flourish. History shows otherwise.
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Annuities that Pay Cash Back Rewards

Gainbridge, a insur-tech startup, aims to sell fixed deferred and period certain income annuities online. Its sister company, Relay, uses annuities to fund cash back rewards cards. Both firms are part of Group1001 (formerly Delaware Life Holdings).
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MetLife Dominates 3Q VA Sales

Another “very bright spot in the third quarter data was the significant increase in net cash flow, to $8.9 billion from $5.7 billion in the second quarter and $6.4 billion in the third quarter of 2010,” wrote Frank O’Connor, product manager of the VA database at Morningstar.
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Fixed Annuity Sales Running Flat in 2011: Beacon

"It's an interesting environment," said Beacon Research CEO Jeremy Alexander (left). "The word is that some carriers are keeping a lid on business" because of the low rates.
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What Income Planning Software Do You Use?

Calling all investment advisers and financial planners: RIJ wants to hear from you about the tools you use to help your clients create retirement income.
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Thoughts on DoL’s “Re-Proposal”

Noticeably absent from the DOL’s September 19th release, and statements by DOL officials, is any suggestion of a broad revision of the regulation, writes Fred Reish, the well-known ERISA attorney at Drinker, Biddle & Reath.
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Big Danish pension plan switches to DC from DB

The new regime would be one with no investment choices for plan participants to make. "Our members... are blue-collar workers and typically don't want to make investment decisions themselves," said the plan's chief investment officer.
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Correction

An article in last week's cover story ("Airbag-Equipped Annuities") erred in reporting that MassMutual had stopped selling variable annuities. The company said it has simply narrowed distribution to its career channel and has sold $675 million worth of VAs so far in 2011.