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Archive | November 19, 2012

Allianz Stabilization

Alliance had a big jump in operating profits due to a one-time sale of investments but low interest rates continue to bog down annuity sales.   Allianz Life’s fixed annuity premiums dropped 16% to $4.2 billion in the third quarter compared to last year. Most of Allianz’s fixed annuity business is fixed-index annuities that are  Full Article…

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Top 20 Annuity Carriers

This year (2012) has been a tough one for many of the leading annuity carriers.  From all-time low interest rates, new regulations, and higher costs of doing business, most annuity carriers would like to refer to 2012 as a “rebuilding year”.  But even though some carriers were forced to sell off their annuity divisions, others  Full Article…

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On the Cusp of the great Annuity and Pension Buy Back Binge of 2013

I remember a good friend of ours that resides in Dallas, packing up the family and heading to Atlanta loaded down with a back seat full of Twinkies. Larry later had a triple bypass but the Wonder Bread and Ding Dong maker lived on in the hearts and stomachs of countrymen until organized labor decided  Full Article…

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Capital pains or Triple Tax Deferred Turbo in your stocking?

I know from past year end debt ceiling debates that there are two things you are better off not watching in the making: sausages and economic estimates. With all the political pork barrel wrangling going on about how to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff and taxmageddon, it may be a great time to  Full Article…

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