Stock Split

The Wharton School's business professors are divided on whether the time is right to invest in equities. Pension Research Council director Olivia Mitchell has invested her pension in TIPS, while colleague Jeremy (“Stocks for the Long Run”) Siegel remains bullish. Photo: Jeremy Siegel.

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?

Allianz Life’s Index Annuity Winning Streak

In this second article in a four-part series on the fixed index annuity (FIA) business, we profile Allianz Life, the top issuer of FIAs in the US in 18 of the last 19 years. (Image, in Allianz blue, is from an Allianz Life video.)
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Too Big to Handle

"Every time the CEO of is forced to resign, the evidence mounts that these organizations have become impossible to manage in a responsible way that generates sustainable value for shareholders and keeps taxpayers out of harm’s way," writes Johnson, an MIT economist.

The Fed’s Exit Strategy

William C. Dudley, president of the New York Fed, spoke at the Oct. 15 meeting of the National Association for Business Economics in Manhattan. In this excerpt from his prepared remarks, he addressed the Fed’s exit strategy from its current low-interest policy.
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Financial Engines cites growth of its Income+ program

Participants who use the Financial Engines managed account program, Professional Management, which costs each participant up to 60 basis points a year depending on account size, do not need to pay extra to use Income+.

New York Life expands retail annuity team

Matt Grove, head of annuities at New York Life, recently alerted his LinkedIn network to two high-level openings in annuities at the big mutual, one in variable annuities and another in strategic planning. The firm's retail annuity team is expanding, he wrote.

Quote of the Week

"Economic management, especially in the United States, would be greatly facilitated if resort could occasionally be had to witchcraft. Monetary policy, by far the most promising possibility, involves none. This every good citizen must regret"--John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (Houghton-Mifflin, 1958), p. 199.