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Prudential and MassMutual in $2.5 billion pension risk transfer deal with Kimberly-Clark
21,000 retirees of the hygiene products maker will now be receiving their pension checks from Prudential
Getting smarter investors to move beyond an “offense-only” approach
Most respondents in new survey say they have a financial plan, on the right track but their confidence may be misplaced.
Raft of new annuity products has broker-dealers scrambling to train reps
As new annuities gain in popularity, broker-dealers are getting reps up to speed on using them as part of a comprehensive retirement income plan.
The art and science of longevity
Advisers' responsibility to make sure their clients are prepared for the challenges and opportunities that come with extended life expectancies.
Deferred-income annuities grab spotlight from traditional variable annuities
Run-up of DIAs in recent years points to a new retirement income stream for clients. (Plus: Our full special report on annuity strategies)
The leading variable annuities with living benefits
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MetLife gets back in the variable-annuity-with-living-benefits game
Longtime variable annuity player MetLife Inc. is stepping off the sidelines and getting back into the game as it launches a new living benefit rider. The New York-based insurer will release a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit rider, called FlexChoice, for sale on Saturday, Feb. 14. MetLife
The battle for your clients' retirement dollars
Breakfast with Benjamin:Annuity sellers fighting for IRAs. Plus: What's good for consumer isn't for business; another perspective on how much size matters; adviser tech world rocked; and how to join the 1%
The watershed moment for lifetime income
Making lifetime income options more readily available will help enhance retirement security, according to IRI's Cathy Weatherford.
Good looks aren't everything, but it might help you attract more assets
In today's Breakfast with Benjmain, looks might help money managers land more assets, but they also tend to underperform. Plus: Darryl Strawberry's contract balance goes to the highest bidder, Florida investment manager charged with bilking $17M from clients, and a hedge fund manager uses proper ...
The predictable downside of chasing performance
The last Breakfast with Benjamin menu of the year features: A cautionary tale on chasing performance; why active management is not dead yet; cheap oil claims its first energy-sector victim; and a reminder that annuities are not investments.
'Longevity' in annuities could be the big 2015 focus
New Treasury Dept. guidance pushes insurers to innovate while indexed annuities expected to continue to shine. Darla Mercado reports.
Strawberry strikes out with advisers
IRS will auction an annuity that was part of a contract Darryl Strawberry signed with the Mets nearly 30 years ago.
SEC Investor Advocate: Budget boost 'insufficient' for full adviser exam coverage
The budget increase the SEC received from Congress is “insufficient” to significantly boost investment-adviser examinations, according to an SEC official charged with representing retail investors.
2014 big for indexed annuities: Broker-dealer execs
The year isn't over yet, but executives at broker-dealers say they've had a major rise in the indexed-annuity business — to the point that it may be cannibalizing sales of variable annuities.At Raymond James Financial Inc., the annualized run rate for variable annuities is about $1.8 billion, a