Rising Rates Boost Q2 Annuity Sales
Morningstar and Beacon Research report increases in both fixed and variable annuity sales.
When RIA Zombies Attack, Money Manager Has Survival Guide
Are you an RIA or a ZIA—zombie investment advisor? That is the question, or challenge at least, put forward by one third-party money manager trying to get your attention and maybe even partner with you in managing client assets.
New Hire Roundup: Senate Finance Names Getz Tax Counsel
This week in new hires, Kara Getz joined the Senate Finance Committee as tax counsel, and ICI named Michelle Mesack director of financial services policy.
Women and Taxes: Tax Season Gender Gap?
Now that the fiscal cliff deal is a reality, women—whether young, in mid-career or retirement age—can expect to see a few tax rules that will affect them especially.
401(k) Fee Transparency: Best & Worst Providers
Dalbar and Research magazine conducted an in-depth study of the new ERISA 408(b)(2) disclosure rule, providing rankings in key categories of big providers.
Madame Ex: Advising ‘Gray Divorcees’
We all know the cliché of the older divorcing couple: The husband, in the throes of a midlife crisis, dumps his aging wife for a younger cutie. But Boomers are turning this cliché on its head.
Tech Talk: Commonwealth, Raymond James Roll Out New Software Tools for Reps
The new programs focus on daily trading operations as well as financial planning, the firms say.
What Do Wealthy Women Want?
Ninety-five percent of UHNW women use advisors, wealth manager Eileen O'Connor said. As their numbers grow, it's worth an advisor's while to crack the code for working with them.
Alternatives & Annuities: The Right Mix for Advisors?
It’s a new world when it comes to baking alternative investments into variable-annuity contracts, experts say.
Variable Annuities Set to Drive Industry to $150 Billion in 2011
Annuity sales fell in the third quarter from the second quarter, but are up from the same period one year ago by 5%, the Insured Retirement Institute announced on Nov. 8.