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.
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?
Israel has found that even a mandatory defined contribution system can’t resolve all of the behavioral, economic, or administrative issues that prevent low-income and minority workers from saving for retirement. (Photo: Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.)
“The so-called backtests weren’t really backtests, and the strategy wasn’t proven as they claimed,” said the director of the SEC’s Los Angeles office.
Vote for Obama and you’ll get more ‘government in your knickers,’ keynote speaker Haley Barbour told 300 or so IRI meeting attendees in San Diego this week.
New York Life’s Lifetime Income Annuity was the best-selling product for the second consecutive quarter.
Federal outlays through August totaled $3.4 trillion, up 2% from the same period last year. Receipts in the first 11 months totaled $2.2 trillion, up $126 billion from the same period last year. (Federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30, 2012.)
After the completion of this offering and a $5 billion share purchase by AIG, Treasury will own about 15.9% percent of AIG’s common stock outstanding.
The 'A' Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) ratings on AIG's core property/casualty and life insurance subsidiaries was affirmed.
Brief or late-breaking items from New York Life, Phoenix Companies, Strategic Insight, BlackRock, DST Systems Inc., AXA Equitable Life, and Principal Financial.
The Fed also acknowledged its limits. “Monetary policy, particularly in the current circumstances, cannot cure all economic ills,” the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, said at a news conference.