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.
VA issuers may be able to offer rich living benefits safely and inexpensively by embedding a futures-based hedging strategy inside their investment options. That's what Ohio National seems to have done. (Image by Spectrumphotofile.)
At least three proposals have been floated to open state pensions to private sector workers who have no retirement plan. Given the troubles of many state plans, that's counterintuitive. Artwork by Zaza Khabuliani.
U.S. life insurers can weather the impact of 'Operation Twist' for a few years, Moody’s Investors Service says. But another five-plus years of rock-bottom interest rates could damage profits and ratings.
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.
"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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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.
The British automaker's defined benefit plan assets stood at £7.8bn ($12.3bn) last December, with a surplus of around £700m ($1.1bn).
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.
The dollar's share of global currency reserves has declined over the last 10 years as emerging markets rely less on external debt and move from fixed to floating exchange rates, a new report says.
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.