Sales of deferred income annuities reached a record high in first quarter 2013, according to the Beacon Research Fixed Annuity Premium Study. Results for these products increased for the fifth consecutive quarter and were nearly 150% higher than a year ago.  The success of DIAs helped overall income annuity sales grow 1.4% year-over-year.“Deferred income annuities were a bright spot in a difficult quarter,” said Jeremy Alexander, CEO of Beacon Research. “Ongoing product development and increasing sales underscore the importance of generating guaranteed retirement income for consumers and their advisors.”

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This interview with CBS Money Watch retirement reporter Steve Vernon discusses how to get the most from your pension plan…if by some chance you’re lucky enough to participate in such a plan, which is becoming increasingly rare these days.
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(WSJ) Behind the indexed annuity curtain

by the ANN Team on March 19, 2013

We all saw the original Wizard of Oz movie when they went to see the powerful Oz and were totally in awe until the dog, Toto, pulled the curtain back to show that it was just some goober running a sound board.

That curtain needs to be pulled back on indexed annuities as well because “the show” is getting to be a little overwhelming on the lunch seminar circuit and with the increasingly aggressive online annuity promoters.

First of all, let me explain the details of an indexed annuity (also called an equity-indexed annuity, fixed-index annuity, hybrid annuity). An indexed annuity is a fixed annuity with a call option on an index, usually the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The vast majority of the call options are one year in length, but can be as long as five years. The S&P 500 index represents over 90% of the index option choices even though other index selections (Dow, Nasdaq, etc.) can be found in some product offerings. These call options allow you limited participation in the upside of the index (not including dividends).

Read more at Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch

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