“What Investors Really Want”

That’s the name of behavioral economist Meir Statman’s new book. We all yearn for upside potential and downside protection—and maybe a weekly Lotto ticket, he says.

The Sacrificial Payroll Tax

Idle talk about suspending the payroll tax is making 'blue' Senators blue. We get answers from Social Security expert Eugene Steuerle of the Urban Institute.

An Income-Generating ‘Collar’

Using a 'protective net-credit collar,' the Nationwide Risk-Managed Income ETF has distributed monthly income at an annual rate of 7.88% in 2020, while appreciating 10%. Is there a catch?

Life Insurers’ Bermuda Triangle, Part II

The humble fixed indexed annuity is at the center of the restructuring hurricane that has swept through the life insurance industry in recent years. We bring you the second article in a series on the topic.
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By Another Name, Annuities Would Smell Sweeter

Some 80% of 3,200 people surveyed preferred a product with four percent return and a principal guarantee over a product with an 8% return subject to market risk. But they balk at the word, “annuity.”

Fitch Deems Life Insurers “Stable”

Fitch expects the industry's large in-force variable annuity business to hurt profitability over the near term, however, and could damage industry earnings and capital in an unexpected, but still possible, severe stress scenario.

SIFMA Urges Uniform Standard for Advisors, Brokers

Broker-dealers and investment advisers should appropriately manage conflict of interest by providing individual investors with full disclosure that is simple and clear and allows them to make informed investment decisions, SIFMA said.

Jefferson National Offers DFA Funds

Jefferson National’s Monument Advisor VA contract offers more than 250 investment options, or five times the number offered by most VAs, the company said.

The Big Red Stag’s Mistake

In ordinary times, The Hartford's letter-gate problem might vanish quickly. But investors are nervous, a big election is coming up, and the reputation of the financial services industry is fragile. A cap-gun could set off a panic.