NY Times Plays ‘Gotcha’ with Prudential

News Commentary: Last Saturday, the Times pilloried Prudential for blocking new contributions from existing contract owners to closed VA contracts with rich income riders. But the Times isn't entirely to blame for getting much of the story wrong.

Capacity Issues

A new report from Cerulli Associates addresses a big problem for variable annuity issuers: how to grow without exceeding their risk-capacity. The report suggests that SunAmerica is best equipped for growth.

New Research on 401K Plans, from Top Researchers

Boston College, DCIIA and Morningstar provide new research on Britain's 'NEST' experience with auto-enrollment, custom TDFs and why replacing bad 401k investment options is a good idea.

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?
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The Changing American Family

The 2010 Census revealed that married couples are, for the first time, less than half of U.S. households, according to this article, which appeared recently in the MetLife Mature Market Institute newsletter.

Fee Disclosure: Opportunity or Threat for Plan Advisors?

DoL rules 403(b)(2) and 404(a)(5) are motivating plan sponsors to reevaluate their advisory relationships and, in many cases, send out requests for proposals. Plan advisors tend to either salivate or cringe at the implications.
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Allianz Life re-enhances living benefit rider

The subaccounts offered to those who choose the rider include four Allianz Fund of Funds, five intermediate bond funds, a PIMCO high-yield portfolio, an Allianz cash equivalent fund, and seven “speciality” funds.

Nationwide repositions annuities for sale to RIAs

“The growing success of the fee-based market and increased use of alternative investments has us broadening the distribution of our specialty product offerings,” said John Carter, president of distribution and sales for Nationwide Financial, in a release.

Wells Fargo reports wagon-load of income

The firm reported $1.2 trillion in retail brokerage assets, $199 billion in wealth management client assets, accounts, $295 billion in IRA assets, and $260 billion in institutional retirement plan assets.

It’s the health care, stupid

Twenty-nine percent of Republicans ages 55 to 65 said they would probably become more aggressive if Romney wins, while 30% of similar Democrats would become more conservative.