New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation recently launched a fixed deferred annuity product, the New York Life Select 5 Fixed Annuity, a single premium product offering clients a competitive interest rate that is guaranteed for five years with full liquidity at the end of the guarantee period. The Select 5 product offers the stability of an interest rate that's guaranteed for five years, and at the end of the five-year interest rate guarantee period, clients have complete access to their money. Access to money when a client needs it is provided through a 10% surrender-charge-free window during the first five years and with no surrender penalty after the five-year interest rate guarantee expires, NY Life says.
AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company recently launched a Web site--My Retirement Shop (www.MyRetirementShop.com)--providing consumers who are near or in retirement with a range of information, tools, and links on how to prepare for, and live in, retirement. Among the features is a concierge service, which provides travel services, and allows users to reserve spa visits, restaurant reservations, golf tee times, and theater tickets. Additional features include a retirement job bank and information from partners Fodor's and Kiplinger's, a community section, and a prominent link to AXA Equitable's own Web site.
Stephen Mitchell was recently named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Retirement Income Industry Association (RIIA). Mitchell was formerly with Merrill Lynch and responsible for the Merrill Lynch Advice Access program and Merrill Lynch Retirement Income Services.