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Year-over-Year Annuity Sales Climb

Overall sales of annuities during the first quarter of 2019 totaled $57.8 billion, up 17.5% year over year. So reports Insurance Net News.

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Fidelity, New York Life Launch Variable Annuity

Fidelity and New York Life Insurance Company have joined forces to launch the New York Life Premier Variable Annuity—P Series that will provide a minimum accumulation benefit rider. So reports ThinkAdvisor.

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Morningstar: Investor Fees Still Too High

Even though asset management fees have been declining, expenses for investors are still stubbornly high, says Morningstar CEO Kunal Kapoor. So reports Wealth Management

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Business Economists Have a Gloomy Outlook

The latest survey by the National Association for Business Economics has found that half of the organizations’ members believe the U.S. will slip into a recession by the end of next year and three quarters of its members say the recession will occur by the end of 2021. So reports ABC News.

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Sustainable Funds Make a Strong Showing in 2018

A recent study by Morningstar has found that 63% of sustainable funds finished in the top half of their respective categories in 2018. So reports Think Advisor.

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Shutdown Costs Economy at Least $6B

Lost productivity from furloughed civil servants and decreased economic activity among businesses during the most recent partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy at least $6 billion, according to S&P Global Ratings. So reports Reuters. Read more...

Blackstone Exec Issues Rosy Outlook for 2019

The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy will remain accommodative this year, interest rates will stay low and the S&P 500 Index will gain approximately 15%. That's according to Byron R. Wien, vice chairman of the Private Wealth Solutions group at Blackstone. So reports Financial Advisor. Read more...

Equity Selloff Could Influence Monetary Policy

The October equity selloff could signal that investors are concerned that stimulus from U.S. tax cuts and government spending will fade sooner than previously anticipated. So reports Reuters. Read more...

Yield Curve Shows Increased Risk of Recession

Research into the gap between the yield on three-month and 10-year U.S. Treasury securities indicates that the risk of a recession has increased. So reports Reuters. Read more...

Federal Reserve’s Bullard Issues Warning Over Yield Curve

James Bullard, who is a non-voting member of the Federal Reserve, says investors are focusing on the flatting yield curve to assess if a recession is getting close. So reports CNBC. Read more...

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